Alabama Diminished Value Claim
You may be entitled to a diminished value claim in the state of Alabama if you have been in an auto accident. If you are a victim of an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, make sure your car doesn’t lose value. Contact the diminished value experts at AutoLoss today!
Diminished Value in Alabama
You may be entitled to the diminished value of your vehicle after an auto accident in the state of Alabama. In order to submit a diminished value claim in Alabama, you must file within 6 years of the accident. If you were the at-fault party in the accident, if the damage to your vehicle was caused by something other than an accident, or if you are an uninsured motorist, you are not eligible for a diminished value claim. Insurance agencies will often offer you less than the car’s true value, which is why you need to hire an independent appraiser such as AutoLoss.
I settled the Diminished Value Claim. I traded my Jeep and got something else. The dealership gave me 23,000.00 for my 2007 Jeep towards a different vehicle, and State Farm gave me 4,000.00 for Diminished Value. Initially, State Farm only offered me $1,500 for Diminished Value. So I was happy! (Jeep Claim From Alabama)
In the state of Alabama, diminished value is recognized as a measure of damages when action is brought by a third party. Key cases in Alabama Diminished Value include:
King Motor Co. v. Wilson, 612 So.2d 1153 (Ala.1992)
Coffee County Comm’n v. Smith, 480 So.2d 1194 (Ala.1985)
Robbins v. Voigt, 280 Ala. 207, 191 So.2d 212 (1966)
In each of these cases, the court ruled that the damage to the plaintiff’s vehicle was to be valued as the difference in the fair market value of the vehicle immediately before and after the accident. These cases are driven by the tort principle that damages should compensate the injured part for their loss.
About Diminished Value Claims
Diminished Value refers to the reduced value of a vehicle simply because it has a significant damage history. Even after the vehicle has been repaired to it’s optimal value, the market value of the vehicle may still be reduced. There are three types of diminished value that your case may fall under:
1. Inherent Diminished Value: This type of diminished value refers to the loss of value of a vehicle simply because it has been in accident. Even after the vehicle has been fully repaired, it may still be considered less valuable than a car that has no accident history. This type of diminished value is the most common and most highly accepted.
2. Repair-Related Diminished Value: A vehicle that experienced an accident and was not repaired properly may experience repair-related diminished value. Whether the car still has cosmetic damages or structural damages, it may experience loss in value due to incomplete repairs.
3. Immediate Diminished Value: Right after a vehicle has experienced an accident, it may lose value even before the owner has the chance to make repairs. Immediate diminished value can be calculated as the difference in resale value of a vehicle before the damage occurred and the resale value before repairs have been made after damage has occurred.
When you need to know the true value of your vehicle, an auto appraisal by a professional at AutoLoss can help to make sure that you receive the best value for your unique vehicle. An auto appraisal takes into account the full history of the vehicle and provides you with an expert opinion on the vehicle’s value that you can then present to the bank, credit union, potential buyers, and insurance companies. There are many reasons as to why an individual may need an auto appraisal, which is why company’s such as AutoLoss provide a variety of Auto Appraisals.
A Stated Value Appraisal can help to establish the true market value of a vehicle that may be required from a bank, credit union, or insurance company. A Loss of Use Appraisal helps to value a business’ vehicle that has been involved in an accident but was necessary for business operations. This type of auto loss appraisal can help recover the value of the vehicle’s service to business. A Lease Termination Appraisal is best for individuals looking to get out of a lease early, and are determined by the vehicle, the market, and miles on the vehicle. Luxury Automobile Appraisals are another type of Auto Appraisal that help protect an individual’s investment. This type of appraisal ensures that the full value of the luxury vehicle is realized and proven. Auto Appraisals are also valuable for individuals looking to donate their car for tax write off purposes.
Total Loss Appraisals
When your vehicle is considered a “total loss”, the insurance company may make you an offer that is less than your desired amount. “Total Loss” of a vehicle refers to when the cost to repair the vehicle exceeds the cost of the vehicle’s worth. After damages occur, an insurance company may make you an offer for the cash value of the totaled vehicle minus your deductible on your comprehensive or collision coverage. A Total Loss Appraisal will ensure that this offer from the insurance company is accurate and provides you with the best value for your damaged vehicle.
Do I have a right to get my own appraisal on an insurance claim?
YES! Both you, and your insurance company have a right to an appraisal. It is always wise to hire your own impartial, licensed appraiser to determine the value of your loss. Your insurance company may not protect your best interests with their in-house or computerized appraisals. When you protect yourself with an independent appraisal, your insurance company is obligated to negotiate a loss settlement using both.
Do I have to sell my vehicle to make a diminished value claim?
No! Whether you want to sell your repaired vehicle right away, or 10 years after the claim is your business. The drop in value occurs immediately, and you are entitled to be compensated immediately.
What if I’ve already settled? Can I still file a diminished value claim?
Yes. If the settlement has occurred within four years, we can still help you negotiate a settlement for Diminished Value, depending on the state in which you live.
In order to recover the losses you must have a diminished value appraisal completed by a Professional Automobile Appraisal Company, such as Autoloss. Also, if the other party does not have insurance and you carry uninsured/ underinsured motorist coverage you may be able to claim diminished value under your policy. Autoloss can help the Washington Consumer in many ways. Call 877-655-1661 so Autoloss can help you recover your losses today. The statue of limitations for filing a diminished value claim in Washington is 3 years from the date of loss.