We’ve put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to Diminished Value Claims.
Do I need an appraisal if I’m donating my vehicle to charity?
Yes. On vehicles worth more than $5,000, the IRS requires a professional appraisal to receive your tax write-off. It is still recommended for vehicles under $5,000 to prevent any unnecessary scrutiny from IRS auditors.
Do I need a special appraisal, or special insurance for my collector car?
Yes. Collector car insurance uses an appraisal to determine the fair market value for your collectible-quality vehicle. Most owners of collector cars carry standard insurance, which may result in less than half the compensation in the event of a loss.
If you choose not to carry special insurance, get a professional appraisal of your collectible vehicle on file with your insurance company, and demand a specific endorsement to protect your investment.
Do I need an appraisal to purchase a vehicle?
Sometimes! Banks, credit unions and individual lenders may require an independent appraisal to establish the true market value of the vehicle you are planning to buy.
What about “Certified Used Vehicles”?
Many new car dealerships are now offering “Certified Used Vehicles.” All have different processes for classification. However, all certification manuals we have reviewed have revealed extensive attention to discovering the smallest history of damage, negating the ability to designate it as a “certified used vehicle.” This dramatically changes the trade-in value for your repaired car, truck or SUV. Many times if a vehicle cannot be resold as a “certified used vehicle,” the vehicle will be sold at a significant discount. This is where a professional appraisal helps you to recover Diminished Value.