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Virginia motorists are entitled to compensation after an automobile wreck caused by another. This includes all property damage to their cars.

Under most auto insurance policies, insurance agencies broadly promise to pay for direct damages resulting from an auto accident.

In cases like this, a motorist in Virginia may be able to file a diminished value claim to compensate them for the full resale value of their car.  

River Run Law has extensive knowledge of accident claims in Virginia. We can review your case and ensure that nothing is overlooked.

To get started, please contact the Richmond personal injury lawyers at River Run Law online or call (804) 531-6595.

What Is Diminished Value Compensation in Virginia? 

Virginia law defines “diminished value compensation” as the amount of compensation that an insurance company pays to a third party vehicle owner, in addition to the cost of repairs, for the reduced value of a vehicle due to damage.

In other words, a diminished value claim allows you to recover the resale value of your car. The resale value must factor in the stigma naturally associated with a car after it’s been in an accident.

Even if you can repair the car, CarFax and other companies will record its history. Imagine being on a car lot, choosing between two cars identical in every respect except that one has been in a wreck. Which one would you pick? 

Should I File a Diminished Value Claim?

A diminished value claim is not for everyone. For starters, the accident that caused the damage must have occurred within the Virginia statute of limitations.

A statute of limitations is a law that says how much time you have to sue another person for personal injury or property damage.

If you have been involved in a vehicle accident in Virginia, we invite you to call our attorneys at (804) 889-0500.

With respect to automobile accidents, Virginia law generally provides that motorists have three years from the date of the accident to sue the at-fault driver or their insurance carrier.  

Diminished value claims are appropriate when the vehicle is valuable. The damage is usually significant.

For example, a rare 1980 Corvette that suffers frame damage in an accident would carry a significant stigma to potential buyers.

In this scenario, the difference between the value of the car before the wreck and the car’s value after repairs would be substantial.

 In comparison, the resale value of a 1980 Honda Accord with cosmetic damage would depreciate very little after a wreck. In this situation, it might not be worth the time and money to file a diminished value claim. 

Contact a Virginia Diminished Value Claim Lawyer

You may have a claim for diminished value if you are not the driver at fault. Take detailed photographs of your vehicle before and after repairs.

In addition, you should hire a reputable appraiser to determine the resale value of the car after repairs. 

The River Run Law team get clients full compensation for the diminished value of their vehicle. Our firm commits to our clients.

Our Richmond personal injury lawyers provide the highest possible level of professionalism, responsiveness, quality, and value.

Contact us online or call (804) 531-6595 now to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.

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Brooke Alexander

Brooke graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brooke worked for five years in private practice with a law firm specializing in insurance defense litigation before becoming the trial litigator for Allstate Insurance Company in the metro Richmond area.

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