Wednesday, March 23, 2011

TO APPRAISE OR NOT TO APPRAISE THOSE CLASSIC AND CUSTOM CARS?


APPRAISING CLASSIC CARS

DELRAY BEACH, Florida - My wife is constantly threatening me with bodily harm. It's not that she longs for a yacht or expensive jewelry but money is money and every time I tell a potential customer he doesn't really need an antique car appraisal she lets me have it.

Recently, I got a call from a fellow in Fort Myers, Florida asking me to appraise a classic car he was considering buying for his 70 year-old dad. Seems that dad's first automobile was a sixties GM Rag Top and my customer wanted to surprise him with one. To make a long story short, after seeing the car and completing the appraisal, I pointed out a few adverse factors. The vehicle itself was in great shape but not a good fit for an older guy living in Southwest Florida. No A/C, Manual Steering and a very loud exhaust system. My customer thought about it and agreed to pass.

The very next day I received a call from the same man, this time requesting an inspection of a custom car; a 1969 Firebird with no A/C, a garish white interior and a paint job from hell. I asked him "Are you kidding me?" Of course, there went my appraisal fee....

My customer was nice enough to send the following email.

"After our conversation I gave it a lot more thought and I think that you are spot on... my dad at 70+ should not be driving w/o power steering and AC in SW Florida.

I really appreciate your opinion and you taking the time to talk me through some of this.... Thank you Franklin.

If you come across a convertible that is under $30,000 please let me know. My wish list is a GTO, Firebird or Camaro. I've looked at and considered LeMans, Chevelles, 442 and the like. Anything you see that sounds like a fit I'd love to know about."

Anyone have a car that might interest this fellow? I'll be glad to pass along the info. In the meantime, if you see my wife, be sure to tell her I'll be getting a commission on the sale. Thanks a lot.


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P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net

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Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00

Auto/Truck/RV Condition Reports $225.00 and Up

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00 and Up

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

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You may obtain appraisals for Financing, Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

WHAT TO DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT - COLLISION DAMAGE REPAIRS AND DIMINISHED VALUE




JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Your late model car has just been rear-ended in an accident. After contacting an auto body shop regarding repairs, you'll call your insurance agent to report the loss and perhaps make another call to your lawyer to discuss that pain in your neck. You will also hear from an insurance adjuster. Chances are, however, that none of them will alert you to the fact that you are also entitled to compensation from the other drivers insuror for the loss of trade-in value to your car - commonly known as Automobile Diminished Value. Now that your car has a dirty Carfax, it is worth less. The St. Lucie Appraisal Company specializes in preparing Automobile Diminished Value reports throughout Florida.

Automobile Diminished Value, in layman's terms, means that, come trade-in time, the sales manager at your dealership will inform you that your car is worth much less because it has a prior repair history. Used car buyers, with a plethora of previously undamaged vehicles to choose from, usually won't consider purchasing fixed cars. So instead of the twenty thousand dollars you were expecting, the dealer will offer you less, sometimes up to 50% less. In fact, some dealerships won't touch automobiles with a Carfax report period.

In Florida, Automobile Diminished Value claims are recognized by all insurance companies. The St. Lucie Appraisal Company is a leader in preparing Automobile Diminished Value Appraisals throughout the state. Why has our method of calculating the percentage of Diminished Value  produced the most accurate results? The reason is simple - we do the work. While other companies in the business, as well as insurors themselves, use formulas that are nothing more than short-cuts. Our researchers contact several dealerships to obtain their esteemed opinions. Insurance adjusters can't refute figures obtained in this manner with formulas because there is nothing hypothetical about our valuations.

Consumers wonder whether they need to hire an attorney to file an Automobile Diminished Value claim against the other driver's insurance company. If you used one of those national firms to prepare the appraisal and the insuror offered a ridiculously low settlement, then a lawyer will be your best and possibly only recourse. As previously mentioned, the formulaic approach is easy to dispute.

At The St. Lucie Appraisal Company, our mission is to prepare thorough Automobile Diminished Value reports throughout Florida that should preclude the need for a lawyer. There is no disputing a report that contains verified opinions of several dealers. Dealerships are the primary buyers of previously repaired cars. They are the ones who set the market.


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After making your secure payment please email the body shop estimate or the insurance company appraisal to contact@stlucieappraisal.net or FAX to 772-466-8400.

NOTE: TESLA OR OTHER EXOTIC CAR OWNERS PLEASE CALL 772-359-4300 TO ARRANGE FOR AN AUTOMOBILE DIMINISHED VALUE APPRAISAL.