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How Do I Pay For Crash Damage To My Car? Part IV
By Jeffrey R. Nuckols, Esq.
You’ve been in a car crash and your car has been repaired. Is your car worth less because it’s been in an accident? It might be. Click the title above to read more.
We’ve thought about damage to your car in a crash and what kind of insurance might cover the cost of repairs. What if your car is not worth as much after the repairs to it are complete? A reasonable measure of whether your car has lost value is the price that a reasonable buyer would pay for the car as repaired compared to the price if the car had never been crashed.
There are a couple of reasons why your car might not be worth as much after the crash damage is repaired. Let’s think about inadequate or defective repairs. If the repairs to your car’s crash damage are not complete or are not correct, your car probably will not be as valuable as it would be if it had never been damaged in the first place.
Your recourse to correct bad repairs might be through a warranty that the repair business makes on its work or on the parts. There might also be recourse through the insurance company that paid for the repairs. I suggest that, before your car goes for repair, ask the paying insurance company which repair shops they approve and then do some of your own research to select the one with the best reputation – that might help you avoid bad repairs altogether.
In a later post, I will write a bit about your car’s loss of value due to the simple fact that it has been damaged in a collision.
If you have questions about car insurance, call Jeff Nuckols at DKN Legal at 321-329-5449.
Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice nor as forming an attorney-client relationship or any other form of legal representation. Consult with an attorney at DKN Legal or another attorney of your choice for legal advice.