Diminished Value Info Alpharetta, GA

During the repair process, several parties estimate and calculate diminished value. The term basically describes the pre-loss value of a vehicle that is not restorable, even after repairs are completed.

There are generally three levels of diminished value and five levels of repair. Understanding these stages can help you better understand the overall process.

Immediate Diminished Value
When discussing immediate diminished value, the term applies to resale value in the instant before damage compared to immediately after – prior to vehicle restoration. Therefore, it is necessary to establish what is inherent diminished value and repair related.

Inherent Diminished Value
If your vehicle does not have a notable history of damage, inherent diminished value describes the reduction in a vehicle’s resale value after subsequent damage repairs. A vehicle with history of damage is therefore considered already lower in market value before the repair process.

Repair Related Diminished Value
When repair workmanship is not up to acceptable standards, repair-related diminished value comes into play. This type of diminished value is added to inherent diminished value.

5 Levels of Repair

Your vehicle’s resale value and safety may be affected by shoddy repair work. At the Wreck Check Car Scan Center, we are committed to providing education and support to our customers. This includes assessing issues related to repair practices and potentially negative impacts.

Pre-loss condition is defined as a vehicle that functions and looks just as it did before a crash. The vehicle may diminish in value if it is unsafe, mechanically inferior or there is aesthetic damage remaining from an accident.

Repair Level Two applies when the vehicle has been restored according to up-to-date manufacturer specs, using the most current equipment and methods. This process is completed without the use of robotics, including paint dipping and exposure to temperatures in excess of 400 degrees. OEM parts are used in place of imitation parts in this type of repair.

Insurance Dominated Typical Collision Repair usually involves the use of non-original or inferior parts. These parts often come from a salvage yard or do not have traceable history. The body shop may also utilize plastic auto body filler to complete some repairs.

Cut-rate repairs are similar in that inferior parts and techniques are used to restore a vehicle. Although usually the work of a less experienced mechanic, these practices are often a deliberate effort to cut corners and costs.

Poorly Repaired – Unsafe to Drive typically indicates that an insurance provider has given the option to promote and use inferior parts. The body shop does not object to the practice and is complicit when a restored vehicle is not roadworthy.

To learn more about diminished value and repair processes, reach out to Wreck Check Atlanta today.

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Wreck Check Atlanta is the leader in Post Repair Inspections, Diminished Value Assessments and detecting Improper and Unsafe Repairs. Due to our success we have many satisfied clients that would like to tell you about their experience with our company.

  • Amazing! He told me early on how much money he was going to be able to get me and he was spot on. I paid a small fee to get thousands more in my diminished value claim than the insurance company was offering. Further, RJ was very easy to get in contact with. He responded to my emails almost instantly. The whole process went by so quickly once he was involved. I would recommend him to anyone.

    Hunter Owens
  • My insurance company offered me 37 bucks in diminished value. My case was slightly complex due to the insurance companies appraiser being stubborn and difficult. It had to be escalated to an unbiased umpire for a final binding decision. I wasn't expecting for it to go this far however it did. I ended up getting close to 3K back. RJ is extremely professional and he fights for you. The only issue to me is his preferred method of communication which is by email. Which i became accustomed to because he responds more prompt that way. He generated a 30 to 40 page report. He works extremely hard and for that I'm appreciative.

    Ricky Major
  • RJ is Awesome! He got me 10x what the insurance company offered on a 2 year old accident. Also, I traded the car in 7 months ago so I no longer had it. If I could share this experience with every person I see I would. I’ve already told several family and friends, it’s really just unbelievable to me! If you have any question what so ever, I promise his fee will be the best $275 you’ll ever spend!!

    Paras Raichura
  • Very responsive and professional. Helped me through the process step by step. I know that without their help I would not have gotten any money from the insurance company, literally pennies on the dollar without Wreck Check!

    Mayra Saldana
  • RJ Sweeney is very quick, effective, and efficient. He got me more money out of my car’s value after my insurance company low-balled me. Use him!!!

    Jessica Via
  • Helped us through the process. Very responsive. We were able to get more than we originally though. Thanks, RJ!

    Dani Senne
  • This was my first time working with a diminished value appraiser and RJ Sweeney made it an amazing experience. He helped me get 10 times the amount of the original offer from the insurance company

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