Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 14:45:47 GMT From: - Bob - <uctraingnospamanet.com> Subject: Re: We all get Lowballed on Total-Loss'es ???? 4807
On Fri, 30 Mar 2007 11:41:06 GMT, "Just Getting Square" <auto.fanatic007nospaml.com> wrote: >Apparently, insurance company repairs as well as 'total loss' claims are lowballed as a general practice. I just read an article at www.claimsreporter.com that says that you can get on average, the ~$2K difference needed to get a replacement ride (vs. trade-in)... for sure, if it was not your fault. Anyone got any experience with using a local 3rd party appraisal to get more $$ back? > In general, insurance companies are required to give you the cost of replacing your vehicle. While laws vary locally, this is the $ you have to pay to find the same vehicle at a dealer - without negotiation. They can't claim subjectively that you will be able to negotiate for a lower price. In some states, they are legally required to pay you the sales tax and even the registration fees. But, don't expect them to offer - you usually have to firmly demand it. Fact: Insurance companies try to minimize any payouts. They don't like you much aside from the fact that you send them money. When you want some back, they will try to screw you. The even hold monies owed you, if even just for a few days, so they can keep it invested longer. So, use an appraiser, call local dealers yourself. Get what you are entitled to.