Ford Mustang in an accident? Now what?
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We’ve all been there. Remember the day you dove headfirst into buying your first classic ride? The one that still makes your heart race thinking about it. You stopped at the local auto parts store and purchased the most refined car wash soap and wax to lather and polish your new (to you) baby. Squarely parking your treasure in the driveway, you dragged out the hose and bucket, proudly getting to work.
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Diminished value and depreciation are two separate and distinct issues. Diminished value is the difference between your vehicle’s market value before an accident and its value after an accident, once repaired. Depreciation is your vehicle’s loss in value over time, which is caused by normal wear and tear. Your car’s depreciation is determined based on its mileage, age, make, model, and general condition.
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This 15 year old BMW 650 was in an accident caused by another, resulting in over $10k in damage repairs. Following a Diminished Value appraisal, the owner is now making a $5,000 claim against the insurance company of the at-fault driver.
If you do an internet search for ‘auto pre-purchase inspection’ almost certainly the first Sponsored listing will be Lemon Squad. Lemon Squad has great marketing! Dig a little deeper and search for Lemon Squad reviews and you might decide to keep searching. Whichever auto pre-purchase inspection company grabs your attention, before you hire them, do your due-diligence by reading through all the good, the bad and the ugly reviews online.
Which Land Rover Defender 110 would you buy? Recently a client from Texas called to say he was looking to buy one of two mid-1990s advertised for sale in Miami, and he wanted pre-purchase inspections (PPI) on both so that he could decide if and which one to purchase. They were both being offered at about the same price.
Buying an older car has its advantages, and the purchase process is relatively easy. As simple as it is, however, it's not unusual for drivers to have questions, especially when it comes to financing. In fact, one of the most common inquiries drivers have about buying a pre-owned vehicle is, "can you finance a car older than 10 years?"
Almost everything you need to know about Diminished Value to your vehicle is in this article: https://classicmotorsports.com/articles/crash-course-diminished-value/ If you have been in an automobile accident, contact us and we'll walk you through step-by-step what you need to do to receive compensation for your loss.
As a follow-up to this post: https://southfloridacarappraisers.com/classic-car-news-and-tips/how-do-you-get-financing-on-your-branded-or-rebuilt-title-1657747143488.html? several have asked what effect a rebuilt title has on the value of a vehicle. As attorneys are known to respond – “it depends!” Comparing two identical vehicles, same year, make, model, options, mileage, and condition, the one with the rebuilt title can be worth anywhere from 20% to 40% less than the one with a clean, no accident history.