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Chevy Tahoe: Total Loss or Diminished Value?

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You take your Chevy Tahoe for a quick oil change and then you get the phone call! Is it totaled? Let's say your Tahoe is worth $28,000.  In Florida, if the insurance company believes the cost to repair is close to 80%, or about $22,000, it's declared a Total Loss. If the damage is less, it will be repaired and your Chevy has suffered 'Diminished Value.' It's now worth less than before you took it in for the oil change. What to do?

If it's a Total Loss, your insurance company will probably offer you 10-12% less than it's actually worth.  You need to exercise your right to the 'Appraisal Clause' in your policy and hire an independent auto appraiser to determine the Prior-to-Loss Fair Market Value of your vehicle.

If it has Diminished Value, hire an independent auto appraiser for a Diminished Value appraisal to make a claim for the loss in value to your Tahoe. 

'Appraisal Clause' and 'Diminished Value' - the two best kept secrets in the automobile insurance industry!

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Google 'diminished value car' and there's lots to learn! Here's one explanation: 'After an accident, your car’s market value will decrease even if it goes through all of the necessary procedures to restore it back to its prior condition. Diminished value is the difference in your car’s market value before and after an accident. Even if you try to resell your vehicle, the history will show that it has been involved in an accident, which will bring its value down. A diminished value claim can help recover the costs to bring your vehicle back to the market price before an accident.' Need a Diminished Value Auto Appraisal? We can help!

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Google: 'appraisal clause auto insurance', and you'll realize that most of the owners of these 'Total Loss' vehicles in this compound never knew the appraisal clause existed in their policy. Based on our own results over the past 12 months, invoking the 'Appraisal Clause' resulted in policy holders receiving an average of 17% or $3,970 more that the insurance company initially offered to settle! Protect your investment! Get it appraised! Call/text: 786-853-0711

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How to Prove Your Diminished Value Claim: Florida is a diminished value state, which means you may be entitled to the diminished value of your vehicle after an auto accident. Under Florida law, a vehicle owner can pursue a claim for diminution from the negligent party who caused the accident, typically by filing directly with their insurance company. Diminished Value (“DV”) is the loss in market value that occurs when a vehicle is wrecked and repaired. To file a diminished value car insurance claim, you must provide clear proof of the diminution and its dollar value. The best way to do this is with a Diminished Value Auto Appraisal. We’ll walk you through every step. Call/text 786-853-0711.

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Chevy Tahoe: Total Loss or Diminished Value?