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USPAP Compliant Auto Appraisal

USPAP stands for the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Appraisals that are not USPAP compliant may not be considered credible and could be disqualified in court. 

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Licensed Appraiser

Our Appraisals are produced and signed by a qualified government licensed auto appraiser. Beware of out of unlicensed appraisers (this could lead to your appraisal being disqualified or you receiving nothing at all)

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DV Appraisals for only $149.99 for a limited time!

For a very limited time, order your appraisal for only $49.99. That’s over $125 off our normal price. This is for this weekend only. So start with a free estimate before it’s too late. (over 85% of our clients recover more than 60% of their appraised loss value with our appraisals.) This is a first come, first serve opportunity, for a very limited number of new clients only. Again, New Clients Only. Discount is not available if the loss occurred in Oregon, Michigan or Washington. Due to the low price of this offer, we reserve the right to refuse assignments for any reason.

Claim Your Diminished Value!

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  Auto Appraiser

Diminished Value is the immediate loss of value a vehicle suffers due to a car accident. The loss of value remains even if the car, truck or motorcycle is fully repaired. It retains the loss due to the stigmas  associated with the accident. Diminished Value can have varying degrees. A car with light cosmetic damage will not reflect the same loss of value as a vehicle with structural damage or frame damage. There are three stigmas associated with damaged and repaired vehicles.

  1. Stigma of Possible hidden or unknown damage from kinetic energy. The possibility of additional damage from Kinetic energy is real. Kinetic energy can travel through your vehicle damaging parts several feet away from the actual impact area, and remain undetected.
  2. Stigma of the Quality of Repairs. There is no government mandated standard of quality a body shop must meet. As such, there will always be a question as to the quality of the repairs.
  3. Stigma of the Damage History. The consumer will be assuming the history of the vehicle. A damage history will stay with that vehicle for the remaining salable life of the vehicle.

Man with questions about Dimininshed ValueIn most states like Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New York, Florida and California, only 3rd party diminished value claims normally qualify, although in some states, uninsured motorists and hit and run claims will also normally qualify. At this time, Georgia is the only state where insurance companies are required by law to pay 1st party diminished value claims. Diminished Value is claimable in all 50 states with the proper documentation to prove the loss of value.

Diminished Value Appraisal

Free Diminished Value Estimate

Free Diminished Value Estimate. You provide the documentation, an actual licensed and certified auto appraiser reviews the information and provides an estimate of your loss of value. (Scroll for more information, or use the dots on the right to jump to a page below. Hover over any slide to pause)
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Is Your Vehicle As Safe As It Was Before The Accident?

In this video Honda demonstrates how an air bag reacts if it deploys just a millisecond slower than it is suppose to. If your vehicle has been in a crash, and the metal was bent, then bent back into position, the metal may deform differently than the manufacture intended due to low frequency fatigue. Just a millisecond earlier or later than the air bag is suppose to deploy can lead to devastating results.

What is Diminished Value?

Diminished Value is the decrease in an automobile’s market value happening after the car or truck is damaged and repaired, normally known as accelerated depreciation. A sensible man or woman will not likely pay the same amount for your wrecked, then repaired car or truck, as they will for your car or truck without a previous accident history. Even when the repairs are ideal, your vehicle will still lose value. To collect diminished value following a auto accident, insurance providers typically request a diminished value report. These reports are often produced after an impartial 3rd party appraiser appraises the automobile and establishes the loss in value. If you’ve been in an accident, you’ve probably suffered some form of diminished value. Diminished Value is the immediate depreciation of your vehicle after a collision. Even if it was possible to return your vehicle to 100% pre-loss condition, it has still lost value. Although your vehicle may have been returned to pre-loss condition visually, it probably hasn’t when it comes to safety and/or reliability.

Ken Nix

Ken Nix

Licensed Auto Appraiser

Ken Nix – Diminished Value Expert & State Licensed Auto Appraiser – LIC# V34-075 Ken Nix is a nationally known Diminished Value Expert and Total Loss Fair Market Value appraiser. Ken is the founder of Volkswagen Owners Club, My Fast GTI, And Jetta Junkie automotive clubs which have a total of over 60,000 members. Ken Nix has received formal training from Volkswagen, Volvo, Honda, Ford, Toyota, Dodge, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Mazda, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Mercury, Lincoln, Kia and Infiniti for product knowledge and marketing of these franchise vehicles. Ken has been a state licensed Auto Appraiser since April 19, 2010 and is in good standing with the Department of Transportation. Ken is a judicial expert, who by virtue of training, education, and experience hold’s sufficient knowledge of vehicle sales and valuation to valuate vehicles within his scope in all 50 states of the United States of America.

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Diminished Value Appraisal

Each Diminished Value Appraisal includes a multi page narrative explaining why you have suffered a loss of value.
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Full Instructions

With each Appraisal, we include our ebook, Diminished Value Made Easy, which includes simple instructions, rebuttals and insurance company contact information, to make pursuing your claim easy.
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Review of your Estimate of Record

The appraiser will review your estimate of record (if provided) and will determine the severity of damage to your vehicle. Structural and Frame damage will diminish your value more that cosmetic damage only.

Real Market Comparables

We use real market comparables sold in the past 30 days to produce a credible USPAP compliant Appraisal.

Not just an Appraisal

Report sections and pertinent information are organized to allow you to easily find information when speaking with the insurance company. Each appraisal includes diagrams,  definitions, legal verbiage and Logical arguments supporting diminished value to reduce objections by the insurance company.
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What our clients are saying about us…

Liberty Mutual Paying 100%!

Just a note to let you know that Liberty Mutual accepted your diminished value number of $2,840.00 for my collector Jeep, and will pay it.
Merry Christmas!
-Jim 11-30-15

AAA Pays 77% of Valuation

The insurance company (AAA Insurance) has responded.  They are offering $1,746.75 to settle the case.  Their estimated diminished value is only $990.50.  Yours was $2,503.00. -Henry
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Safeco Pays $5,000

Sorry it has taken me so long to tell you this, but Safeco settled with me for $5,000!  I was incredibly happy about that and I just wanted to give you a big ol’ heartfelt thank you!  I never could have done it without your help.  I think it was less than a week after I sent them your estimate that I had a check in my hand.  I hope your doing better now that the wildfire smoke has diminished.  Again, THANK YOU!! Luke R. 11/30/2015 – Original valuation  was $7,200.

He Really Is

As the Used Car Manager at the oldest Ferrari Dealership in North America I felt confident I could handle the Diminished Value claim on my BMW with ease. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Because of your help I was able to get a satisfactory settlement on my BMW in excess of what I thought possible. Lance S.

Good News? Great News!

Good news!  Metlife agreed to settle for about 11,500 after having two other companies research the actual cash value of the car and the resale value.  They contacted several Porsche dealers who advised them of DV percentages in line with your estimate.

Not Jake From State Farm

$5430. I settled for $5430. The (insurance) appraisal came in with a DV of $4000, but they came up to 20% of $27000. Thanks for all your help. (name withheld by request due to being a S.F. Insurance Agent)

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Claim Your Diminished Value!

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Ken Nix Licensed Auto Appraiser and Diminished Value Expert

Diminished Value is the immediate loss of value a vehicle suffers due to a car accident. The loss of value remains even if the car, truck or motorcycle is fully repaired. It retains the loss due to the stigmas  associated with the accident. Diminished Value can have varying degrees. A car with light cosmetic damage will not reflect the same loss of value as a vehicle with structural damage or frame damage. Man with questions about Dimininshed Value In all states except Michigan, such as Texas, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and California, you may file for diminished value if someone else is at fault. This would be considered a third party claim, where someone else has accepted liability for the accident. If the at fault party is uninsured or there is a hit and run claim, You may claim Diminished Value under your own policy in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.. At this time, Georgia is the only state where insurance companies are required by law to pay 1st party diminished value claims, but you may also be able to claim 1st party Diminution of Value in Washington and Kansas. Although claims in these states may have policy This car has diminished valuelimitations. Again, 3rd party Diminished Value is claimable in 49 states with the only exception nationwide, being Michigan. We help Diminished Value claimants nationwide. Whether you’re filing diminished value in Seattle Washington, or have a Loss of Value claim for your pickup in Houston, Texas, we can help you recover more of what you’re owed with a solid diminished value report. We have clients from all over the country who have taken advantage of our reports and recovered their diminution of value quickly and easily. Here’s what our clients are saying about us: “I sent copy of you incredible report and they came back with $10,000.  No battle at all against your documentation.” L Rivara – Austin Texas area. “I sent off your report and had a 5 minute phone call  with the adjuster and settled my diminished value claim for $5,000.00” – K Kreiling – Seattle Washington area. “We just settled at $4,600. With no attorney and just your report. Thanks so much for all your help I’ll definitely use your services in the future.” Tammy B. Portland, Oregon area.two guys talking about diminished value reports and their diminution in value needing an auto appraisal Our Report Includes: USPAP Compliant Appraisal – (Best for quicker settlements and larger awards) Includes:

  • USPAP Compliant Appraisal
  • Market Comparables.
  • Review of 3 Book Values.
  • Audit of Final Bill.
  • Damage History Check.
  • List of Major Factors Impacting the Vehicle, causing the loss of value.
  • Reference of Hidden or Damage that may not have been found.
  • Reference of Compromised Structural Integrity. (noting known stresses such as Low Cycle Fatigue and Crack Closure.)
  • Signed By a State Certified Auto Appraiser.
  • All Supporting Documents
  • 2 Demand Letters
  • Instructions including conversation samples. Negotiation tips.
  • Ongoing Phone Support.(if you need us, just pick up the phone.)Image9
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Our Appraisals have a 100% Money Back Guarantee* Start with a Free Estimate of How Much Diminished Value You’re Owed by filling out the quick form on your right if on a desktop, or below if mobile. “Author: Ken Nix” Ken Nix on Google+

Auto Body Shop Portland Oregon

So you were rear-ended, T-boned, or had some type of Auto Collision. Now the first thing you need to do is to find an Auto Body Shop Portland Oregon Metro Area, right? Wrong. I highly suggest you find an vehicle appraiser first. Why? Because this is the best time to...
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Diminished Value Structural Damage

It amazes me the number of shoddily repaired vehicles that roam our city streets each day. Here’s just a sample of bad repairs that make it onto the streets. The problem is other body shops will normally not want to re-inspect someone else’s work. Sort of...
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Diminished Value Appraisal By A Licensed Auto Appraiser

Why Hire Ken Nix? I don’t base my appraisal on a formula or use a form letter like many of my colleagues. Here’s just a couple of things that make my appraisals stand out: I personally review and audit the final bill. I include this in the appraisal with...
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Diminished Value FAQs

What is Diminished Value? In Layman’s terms, Diminished Value is the immediate loss of value your vehicle suffers due to an accident even when your vehicle has been repaired.  This loss of value is created by Stigmas and damage that can not be restored to...
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Free Diminished Value Estimate

Fill out and submit the form below to receive a free review of the final bill from your repair shop (you must upload a scanned copy in PDF format) and a free estimate of your total Diminished Value. [si-contact-form form=’2′]
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Auto Body Shop Portland Oregon

So you were rear-ended, T-boned, or had some type of Auto Collision. Now the first thing you need to do is to find an Auto Body Shop Portland Oregon Metro Area, right? Wrong. I highly suggest you find an vehicle appraiser first. Why? Because this is the best time to...
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How To Calculate Diminished Value

I have people ask me all the time… Ken, can you show me how to calculate diminished value? To do a proper appraisal, it takes research. Research most other appraisers are not eager to do. Actually, I’m not even eager to do it, but I know it has to be done...
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What is Diminished Value?

It is simply the amount of value lost due to a vehicle being in a collision. Now, this could be from the car or truck having a damaged history, or it could be that the vehicle has not been repaired to like new condition. Let me ask you, would you pay the same amount...
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Diminished Value Structural Damage

It amazes me the number of shoddily repaired vehicles that roam our city streets each day. Here’s just a sample of bad repairs that make it onto the streets. The problem is other body shops will normally not want to re-inspect someone else’s work. Sort of...
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Diminshed Value Claim Process

 Determine if you have a Diminished Value claim Are you or the person filing the claim, the owner of the Vehicle? If the answer is yes, proceed to the next question. If No, in the case of the vehicle being owned by your employer, a rental company, etc. You would not...
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Who is your appraiser working for?

Is your Appraiser working for you…  or the Insurance Company? So you’ve been in a wreck, and you have a diminished value claim. What’s next? In the last few years since I’ve been doing appraisals I’ve noticed that there are several types...
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Diminished Value FAQs

What is Diminished Value? In Layman’s terms, Diminished Value is the immediate loss of value your vehicle suffers due to an accident even when your vehicle has been repaired.  This loss of value is created by Stigmas and damage that can not be restored to...
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Diminished Value Appraisal

Had a car accident? You’re entitled to your loss in resale value. Get us involved early so we can  also act as your advocates to help ensure the body shop does the repairs correctly. You’re entitled to your loss in resale value. Do you have frame damage?...
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Can I write off my Diminished Value or The cost of the Diminished Value Appraisal?

Most people don’t realize that you can write off any unrecoverable Diminished Value you may have suffered. If you itemize your deductions, Line # 19 on Form 1040 – Schedule A could be used to deduct your un-recovered Diminished Value. Depending on your tax...
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Total Loss Appraisal

Total Loss Appraisal, or as many call it, Fair Market Appraisal is what you need when the insurance company declares your car or truck a total loss. Without a Fair Market Appraisal, the insurance company will normally give you an offer way below true market value....
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Diminished Value Structural Damage

It amazes me the number of shoddily repaired vehicles that roam our city streets each day. Here’s just a sample of bad repairs that make it onto the streets. The problem is other body shops will normally not want to re-inspect someone else’s work. Sort of...
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