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Vehicle Diminished Value in Montana

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Understanding Vehicle Diminished Value in Montana

Damaged side of a black pickup truck symbolizing vehicle diminished value in Montana.
A black pickup truck with significant side damage, highlighting the concept of vehicle diminished value in Montana.

Montana, known for its breathtaking landscapes and wide-open spaces, also sees its fair share of vehicle accidents. If your vehicle has been in an accident, even if repaired, it might have lost some of its market value. This loss in value is referred to as “vehicle diminished value.”

What is Vehicle Diminished Value?

Diminished value is the reduction in a vehicle’s market value after it has been involved in an accident and subsequently repaired. Even if the repairs are impeccable, potential buyers often perceive the vehicle as less valuable, fearing hidden damages or future issues. In Montana, as in most states, you can only claim this diminished value from the at-fault party’s insurance, not your own.

Types of Diminished Value:

  • Immediate Diminished Value: This is the difference in the vehicle’s resale value immediately after the accident but before repairs are made.
  • Inherent Diminished Value: This is the most commonly claimed type and refers to the loss in market value that remains after the vehicle has been repaired to its pre-accident condition.

Montana’s Legal Stance on Diminished Value:

Montana allows vehicle owners to claim diminished value from the at-fault driver’s insurance. It is important to document the accident, the repairs, and the market value of your vehicle before and after the incident.

Steps to Claim Diminished Value in Montana:

  • Document Everything: Keep detailed records of the accident, repairs, and any correspondence with insurance companies.
  • Get a Professional Appraisal: An expert appraisal can provide a clear picture of the diminished value.
  • File a Claim: Submit your diminished value claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company.
  • Negotiate: Be prepared to negotiate with the insurance adjuster to reach a fair settlement.

Montana-Specific Factors:

  • Market Conditions: Montana’s vehicle market, particularly for trucks and SUVs, may impact the calculation of diminished value.
  • Rural vs. Urban Areas: The perceived value of a vehicle can vary between rural areas and urban centers like Billings or Missoula.
  • Vehicle Usage: Montana’s rugged terrain means vehicles often face tougher conditions, which can influence their market value post-repair.

Simplifying the Diminished Value Claim Process with DVASSESS

At DVASSESS, we understand the complexities involved in claiming vehicle diminished value in Montana. Our revolutionary online vehicle appraisal service is designed to make this process straightforward, accurate, and cost-effective.

Why Choose DVASSESS?

    • Expertise: Developed by professional vehicle appraisers with over 30 years of research and 25,000+ assessments.
    • Data-Driven Approach: Our algorithm incorporates real-world market data, ensuring reliable assessments.
    • Partnership with Black Book: Enhances accuracy with daily updated vehicle pricing and market trends.
    • User-Friendly Interface: Easy-to-use online platform simplifies the appraisal process.


    1. Enter Your Vehicle Information: Provide details about your vehicle, including the VIN and accident history.
    2. Receive an Instant Assessment: Our system quickly calculates the diminished value based on real-time market data.
    3. Choose Your Report Option:
        • Basic: Instant on-screen assessment for $19.95.
        • Plus: Printable professional report for insurance claims for $69.95.
        • Complete: Comprehensive report with claim instructions and negotiation tips for $89.95.

Why DVASSESS is the Best Choice for Montanans:

    • Speed and Accuracy: Immediate results powered by Black Book’s daily data updates.
    • Cost-Effective: Affordable pricing for detailed, professional assessments.
    • Transparent: Clear breakdown of how the diminished value is calculated.
    • Support: Our Complete report option offers valuable resources like a sample demand letter and negotiation points to help you get the best settlement.

“Living in Montana, my SUV is crucial for both my daily commutes and weekend adventures. When I was involved in an accident, I was worried about the hit my vehicle’s value would take, even after repairs. That’s when I found DVASSESS, and they made all the difference.

The process was incredibly easy. I just entered my vehicle’s details on their user-friendly website, and within minutes, I had a detailed diminished value report. The accuracy and speed were impressive, thanks to their partnership with Black Book. The report was thorough and gave me a clear understanding of how the diminished value was calculated.

I opted for the Complete package, which included a professional report, claim instructions, and a sample demand letter. This package was a game-changer. With the provided negotiation points and resources, I felt confident and well-prepared to present my claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company.

In the end, I secured a fair settlement that I honestly don’t think I would have achieved without DVASSESS. Their service is affordable, precise, and invaluable for anyone dealing with vehicle diminished value claims. I highly recommend DVASSESS to all Montanans dealing with similar situations.

Thank you, DVASSESS, for making a challenging process so much simpler and ensuring I received the compensation my vehicle deserved.”

John R., Billings, Montana

Let DVASSESS help you navigate the complexities of vehicle diminished value claims in Montana, ensuring you receive a fair and accurate assessment quickly and efficiently.


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.

Local Resources for Vehicle Owners in Montana

  • Website: dojmt.gov/driving
  • Services: Vehicle registration, title services, and driver’s licenses.
  • Contact: (406) 444-3933
  • Website: mtida.com
  • Services: Resources and support for buying and selling vehicles in Montana.
  • Contact: (406) 443-1288