First and foremost, hiring an appraiser is a good idea as they are objective, are familiar with the car industry, truly are third party arms length distance away from both sides, if you are a purchaser you are already emotionally attached at some level, an appraiser can be objective, dis interested weather you buy the car or if the seller sells the car, any one that charges you a % of the purchase or sale price is not a qualified reputable appraiser, if their fee is based on a % of a dollar outcome it encourages them to inflate the outcome.
We take paint depth readings on the vehicle, run a magnet down the body panels, photograph multiple photos, run a car fax if available. Stay away from the “one page wonders” truly you get what you pay for one page appraisals have never held up in court or in any dispute.
Diminished Value Appraisals:
We Physically inspect the vehicle after repaired and gather the information to compile a professional realistic and accurate determination of value post repair, this is imperitive to arrive at the correct and true determination of money you have lost due to the accident-repair. (You do not want to accept the on line diminished value appraisals as they always fall apart when pressed). You are entitled to the loss of value as of date of accident, as this is when you suffered the loss. Many people are told they only suffer loss when and if they trade the car, This is not true, just try and trade the car after a substantial collision-repair and see what they offer as a result of the damage sometimes they will not even accept on trade as they can not retail the car or it is no longer available to be Certified or financed. We always ask the question, if you were buying a car and you were offered two with the same year make mileage car A had 6,000.00 worth of damage and was repaired and car B was never damaged and the price was the same, which would you want, there are some that would take car A for a substantial discount, that is where it matters.
Loss of Use:
This is another benefit many people are not aware of, if you had an exotic luxury car and it was held up waiting for parts you are entitled to the same car for use,(Not an Focus in place of a Bentley).
We can evaluate a total loss value even if it is in the past, we have the resources and ability to obtain the Actual Cash Value with the miles at time of loss along with condition and in the region where the loss was.
Early Lease Termination:
In the event that you want to return a lease early, they will require an appraisal for the wholesale value from an appraiser they accept as qualified, we have performed early lease return appraisals for all of the well known leasing companies and banks. (Honda-Toyota-Nissan,GMAC Ford).
Possibly you found a car on e-bay or another source on line, and although you feel comfortable with the transaction it makes a lot more sense to have some one that is dis interested and third party can offer a true valuation with no prejudices. We will inspect all documentation available including title, be sure all lights-gauges operate.
In the event you lost a title to vehicle you need an appraisal to obtain the bond.
You want the most accurate figure as you do not want to give it away, nor do you want to price the vehicle too high as the more accurate and right on you are at first the more likely you are to sell at the optimum price with out having to reduce a price.
We can appraise the car for the correct amount for this purpose.