Diminished Value decreases a bit while Total Loss Values Soar!

Diminished Value Claim severity is dropping, while total loss settlement values are increasing!  The effects of high demand on the automobile market.
  
As chip shortages and high demand for used vehicles continue, I’ve seen a couple of trends.
 
1.  Minor to moderate accident histories on a vehicle are less damaging to the re-sale value than has been the case prior to approximately April 2021. 
 
2.  Most of the auto claim industry’s preferred vendors for market valuation reports haven’t caught up to the increased prices on used vehicle.
 
These two trends have dramatically affected the distribution of the percentage of cases we handle that are either total loss cases or diminished value cases.  Specifically, a lot more people are seeking out our assistance for appraisal clause help because they believe they are getting a “low-ball” offer on their recently totaled vehicle.  Spoiler. . . . they are normally right in their belief.
 
Although we are now doing more appraisal clause work than diminished value work, diminished value has not disappeared, nor has the increase in demand for used vehicles eliminated the potential for an economically viable pursuit for diminished value recovery. 
 
What we’re seeing is that instead of the typical reduction (for a prior collision and repair history) of between 18% – 25% (depending on make/model/market), dealers and individuals are willing to bear a bit more risk and the deduction for a prior collision and repair history is not as severe in this current market of high demand. 

Markets change. 

Diminished value won’t be going away, but the severity of it is less right now due to Covid.  On the other hand, total loss payouts are on the rise. 

If you have questions or need more information regarding this subject, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll do our best to make sure you get the information or help you need. Both of our forms are below for a free consultation whether you have a DV claim or a Total Loss you want to talk about!

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