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What is Diminished Value?

Diminished Value refers to the quantifiable reduction in a vehicle’s market value following an accident or damage. Even after complete repairs, a car’s value is seldom the same as it was pre-accident, which impacts its resale value.

Types of Vehicle Diminished Value

  1. Immediate Diminished Value: This is the immediate loss in value that occurs right after an accident.
  2. Inherent Diminished Value: This refers to the loss in value due to the vehicle now having an accident history, which cannot be undone.
  3. Repair-Related Diminished Value: This reflects the depreciation in value due to the quality of repairs, including any parts that were not fixed to their original state.

Car Diminished Value: The Statistics

Did you know that nearly 55% of consumers would not buy a used car if they knew it had been in an accident? This statistic dramatically highlights the very real financial implications of diminished value.

Filing Diminished Value Claims

When you file an auto diminished value claim, you are essentially requesting that the insurance company compensate you for the value your car has lost due to an accident.

Challenges in Diminished Value Claims

While it sounds straightforward, making a successful diminished value claim is often fraught with complications such as documentation, valuation disagreements, and legal loopholes.

How DVASSESS Makes the Difference

Traditional methods of calculating diminished value can be laborious, expensive, and inaccurate. This is where DVASSESS shines as a beacon of efficiency and affordability, empowered by its partnership with Black Book. We offer three tiered solutions to cater to your specific needs:

  • Option 1 – $19.95: Provides an instant on-screen assessment of your vehicle’s diminished value.
  • Option 2 – $69.95: Offers a detailed, printable report suitable for claims submissions.
  • Option 3 – $89.95: Adds claim instructions, a sample demand letter, and negotiation tips to the detailed report.

FAQs about DVASSESS and Diminished Value

Our service is designed for instant gratification. The basic assessment is instantly visible on your screen, and more detailed reports are immediately available post-purchase.

The basic assessment is available instantly, and the detailed reports are accessible immediately after purchase.

Our top-tier package includes a comprehensive set of resources to help you navigate the complexities of making a diminished value claim, including templates and negotiation tips.

Get Your Diminished Value Assessment Today

Understanding and claiming your vehicle’s diminished value need not be a daunting task. With DVASSESS, you have a quick, low-cost, and highly accurate alternative to traditional appraisal services. Start your diminished value assessment today and arm yourself with the information you need to get the compensation you deserve.

By understanding the intricacies of diminished value and leveraging the robust capabilities of DVASSESS, you can navigate the often-complex landscape of diminished value claims with ease and confidence.

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This basic, instant assessment will show you how much value your vehicle has lost. Your diminished value amount will be displayed on screen instantly. Then you will see your upgrade options.


This option includes the DVASSESS report as in option #2, PLUS you get instructions, a sample claim demand letter and negotiating points.


This is our printable DVASSESS Diminished Value Assessment Report. This report can be printed for submission to the at-fault party for payment.