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Diminished Value in Washington

When given the choice, people will almost always prefer a car that has never been in a wreck to one that has. This means that regardless of how well it was repaired, every vehicle loses value after an accident. This loss of value is called “diminished value,” (or “DV” for short) and is usually owed to the car owner by the insurance company that is covering the claim.

At Hansen Price, we help you recover these funds by guiding you through the entire Washington diminished value process so you can rest assured everything has been handled thoroughly and professionally. Our custom Diminished Value Report is prepared to USPAP™ standards, to give you the best chance at getting the money you are owed.

Hansen price proudly serves residents all over Washington state, including Seattle, Vancouver, Spokane, and Tacoma. Contact us today by calling 1-888-706-4530 or by using our online form.

What to Know About Washington Diminished Value

Diminished value is a result of when a car accident occurs. Many times, when the at-fault party has your car repaired, the insurance company will pay the lowest amount possible to get the damages taken care of. This can lead to inferior repairs or aftermarket replacements. Even if the car is fixed to its original state, there is still an immediate loss of resale value to your vehicle after a car accident, simply due to the fact it was in a collision. Most citizens of Washington looking to buy a used car are not interested in buying a vehicle that has been in a reported accident. The diminished value of your car could be anywhere from 15%-50%.

Some factors that can affect diminished value:

  • Make, model and year of the vehicle
  • Frame damage
  • Sub-standard repairs
  • Use of non-OEM parts not originally placed on the car by the manufacturer
  • Overall percentage of damage to the auto versus its original value

In 2003, the citizens of Washington became able to file claims for diminished value because of the case Heaphy v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, 72 P.3d 220, 117 Washington. App. 438 (Washington.App.Div.2 07/01/2003) This verdict was a result of the insurance company State Farm admitting that they should compensate for diminished value. They did so to avoid class action certification and to compel arbitration. This case set a precedent on how future diminished value cases and disputes should be fairly estimated and rectified.

Diminished Value

Every vehicle loses value after an accident, regardless of how well it was repaired. This loss in value, known as “DV,” is often owed to the car owner by the insurance company covering the claim. We help you recover these funds.

How?

STEP-1

First, get in touch. The experts at Hansen Price will establish if your vehicle’s diminished value is worth pursuing. Older cars, minor repairs, and automobiles with prior accidents may have such a low DV that it is not worth the cost or effort.

STEP-2

We can take care of many DV claims through phone or email. If we determine your claim requires an inspection, we will set up an appointment at your convenience. DV inspections take about an hour.

STEP-3

Once all the pertinent information has been gathered, we will hand you an appraisal/valuation report. This report will have the information to present to the insurance company, as well as a checklist and sample letters to use.

Testimonials

"Thanks to the entire crew at Hansen Price. I settled my DV claim for $5,750, and I now have the check in hand. Safeco lowballed me, and I’m glad I had everything I needed to counter. Thanks again!"

– D. Anderson
Bend, Oregon

“Hansen Price made getting my Diminished Value check for $3,000 from my insurance quick and painless.”

– Danielle C.
Portland, Oregon

We are so confident in our valuations, inspection methods, and documentation that if you do not recover on your claim using the complete checklist provided, we will refund you 100% of your payment to us. Every single diminished value report that leaves Hansen Price comes with our written guarantee and obligations.


Contact Hansen Price About Your Diminished Value Claim in Washington

Hansen Price is here to protect both you and your car every step of the way. Contact our diminished value experts in Washington today by calling 1-888-706-4530 or using our convenient online form!