Everyone knows the old saying that a car is worth less after a collision. (Notice I am not calling it an auto accident anymore. Why? An accident just happens. A collision is someone’s fault. When two cars collide, it is someone’s fault.) The question is can you recover that lost value, and if so, how much is that claim worth?
The simple answer is that you can recover that lost value. The problem is that it becomes a cost/benefit analysis. Does the benefit of making a claim outweigh the cost? For example, if the lost value is $500 and the cost is $600, it does not make sense. If the lost value is $10,000 and it will cost $1,000, then it probably does make sense.
So, if you decide that it makes sense to pursue, how do you determine the lost value. The first step should be to consult this website, a free tool to determine the lost value, or diminished value, as they like to call it. Once you have an idea about the value, you may want to submit it to an insurance company and make the claim. If they deny it, you would then need to retain an expert and you can determine the cost/benefit at that point.
By the way, you may have to educate the adjuster about your ability to recover diminished value.