After an accident, the collision repair center’s responsibility is to restore your vehicle to pre-accident condition. Many factors come into play during the repair process of today’s vehicles and, if any element is overlooked, you and your family could be put at risk. In addition to safety issues, the quality of the repair could affect the resale value of your vehicle. Though the insurance company is required to compensate you for diminished value, a poor quality repair will undoubtedly reduce the resale value of your vehicle. Carolina Collision Appraisal Services (CCAS) offers FREE visual post collision repair inspections.
In a vehicle accident that wasn't your fault? Regardless of the quality of the repair, would you pay the same price for a vehicle that has incurred damages as one that has not? By being involved in an accident, your vehicle has sustained an automatic loss of value. In addition to Carfax and Autocheck, your NC vehicle title requires you to, by law, disclose any damage that is above 25% of the fair market retail value of the vehicle prior to the accident. It is the insurance company’s responsibility to compensate you for the pre-loss value of your vehicle. CCAS will develop a customized Diminution of Value (DOV), often referred to as Diminished Value, report and work with the insurance company to ensure that you collect what is owed to you.
When the original estimated and/or supplemental cost of repairs reaches or exceed 75% of the vehicle’s pre-accident actual cash value, you have a total loss. Auto insurers have also been known to deem a vehicle a total loss when damages are initially estimated at 50% to 65% of the vehicle’s pre-accident fair market retail value, based on the probability of hidden damages. If you are not satisfied with the offer that you receive from your insurance company, then you have the right to invoke the NC appraisal clause, which is a general statute that provides you with the means to have your diminished value claim resolved with minimal involvement on your part. CCAS will determine the actual cash value of your vehicle and work with your insurance company to ensure that you collect what is owed to you.
Purchasing a vehicle is a major financial investment for most people and, according to financial experts, the purchase of a good used vehicle is a very sound economic decision. But how do you know that what you are buying is not just somebody else's headache? Is the vehicle being sold by a dealer with an "as is" sale clause? Do you trust what you are being told about the condition and/or history of the vehicle? CCAS will meet with you and/or the seller, perform a visual inspection and perform a complete diagnostic scan on the vehicle to make sure everything is working properly.
Vehicles manufactured today, and in the future, are like computer networks on wheels. Today’s vehicles include dozens of computers, cameras, and sensors, and these numbers will only increase in the future, given the advances that are being made in hybrid, electric, and autonomous-driving technology. Without a diagnostic scan of a vehicle that has been involved in an accident, there is no way to know if everything is working properly. A diagnostic scan should be performed as part of every vehicle repair, but many shops and/or insurance companies simply do not do it. CCAS offers a complete diagnostic scan as a standalone service and includes a complimentary diagnostic scan as part of any other paid service.
After being involved in an accident, most insurance companies will direct you to a repair facility with whom they have a “relationship.” As long as you take your vehicle to a shop of their choice, it will be repaired quickly and the repairs will be guaranteed for life. Sounds good…but what is really going on with your car? Do you understand everything that is written on the estimate? Do you understand everything that the repair facility staff are telling you? Is the shop fixing the car with your best interest in mind or the best interest of the insurance company?
CCAS will meet you, do a claim review and visual inspection of the repairs completed on your vehicle. We will point out obvious issues and concerns about the repair and how your vehicles' value may have been affected.
Repair Inspection Report, with photos, reflecting appraisers opinion, comments and findings as to quality of repair. CCAS will also do a post repair diagnostic scan to make sure everything is working properly.
What is your vehicle worth?
CCAS will provide you with a comprehensive and detailed report on the market related Diminished Value your vehicle has suffered as a result of an accident that was not your fault. This report will help collect what is owed to you.
If your vehicle has been deemed a total loss and you are not satisfied with the offer from the insurance company, you have the right to invoke the appraisal clause and hire CCAS to determine the actual cash value.
Computer Diagnostic Scans
Your vehicle should have a complete diagnostic scan prior to repairs being performed to determine damages.
After your vehicle has been repaired, a computer post scan is the only way to know if everything is working properly.
I fell in love with muscle cars at a young age and bought my first vehicle repair shop in 1982. I have owned and managed multiple vehicle repair shops during the past 36 years, and I have experienced the evolution of the automobile from its simplest form to today's computers on wheels. Unlike the “good ole days,” most of today’s vehicle repair shops are owned by large corporations that serve the insurance companies rather than the people.
Did you know that NC requires 1528 hours of training and a license to cut hair but there are ZERO training and licensing requirements to fix your vehicle? Make sure that you know who you are dealing with! CCAS is licensed by the state of NC to do vehicle damage analysis and estimates and certified by IACP to appraise and determine vehicle values.
Insurance companies want to pay the least amount possible to repair your vehicle and, as a result, many shops will do the least amount possible to complete a repair. CCAS will work with you to ensure that you receive a top-notch repair with fair and just compensation.
If you have been in an accident, irregardless of the quality of the repair, your vehicle HAS lost value. An industry expert explains diminished value and what the insurance company does not want you to know.
Do you have questions or concerns about your damage claim, the vehicle repair or it's value?
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