# Your question: How much does damage reduce car value?

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Following a car collision, your vehicle will depreciate 10% to 25% more than the average rate. Factors that can influence this depreciation percentage include the car’s age and its condition after the accident.

## How much is my car worth after an accident?

The formula broken down into steps:

1. Find out just how much your car was worth prior to the accident. You can check NADA or Kelley Blue Book to find your car’s value prior to the accident. …
2. Calculate the 10% cap that is immediately placed on your car’s value. …
3. Multiply the number you got from step 2 by the Damage Modifier.

## How do I calculate the diminished value of my car after an accident?

Example of a diminished value calculation

1. Step One: Check your car’s value. \$20,000.
2. Step Two: Calculate the base loss of value. \$20,000 x 10% = \$2,000.
3. Step Three: Apply a damage multiplier. \$2,000 x 0.75 = \$1,500.
4. Step Four: Apply a mileage multiplier. \$1,500 x 0.40 = \$600.

## How much does an accident reduce trade in value?

Putting it simply, any similar model to your car that wasn’t in a wreck is going to have much higher resale value. Dealers many times will cut about 10-30% off a trade, so if your car is valued at \$20,000 undamaged then an \$18,000 offer would be pretty much par for the course when trading it in post-accident.

## How much is my car worth if it’s totaled?

To get an idea of what your totaled car is worth, find the Kelley Blue Book value for it in fair condition. Figure out what the 20 to 40 percent fair condition value is. Depending on the amount of damage done to your vehicle, it’s likely going to be closer to the 20 percent range, according to CarBrain.

## Can you fight your car being totaled?

If you think your totaled car is valuable enough to justify a repair, you can contest your insurance company’s decision to declare it a total loss, but be prepared to provide evidence that the car is worth the effort.

## Is a diminished value claim worth it?

By filing a diminished value claim, you might be able to recoup some of the car’s depreciated value. If you’re successful, the insurance company pays you the difference between the car’s value before and after the accident.

Step 3: Apply a damage multiplier.

Multiplier Damage level
0.00 No structural damage

## How much will I get for diminished value?

As a general rule, you should expect to recover 10% to 25% of the fair market value of your vehicle. That means if your vehicle has a fair market value of \$30,000, your diminished value after an accident could be as high as \$7,500.

## Can you get diminished value from your own insurance?

In California, damages for diminished value can only be recovered against the party who negligently damages your car; diminished value is not recoverable against your own Collision Coverage except in very limited circumstances.

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## Do all accidents show up on Carfax?

Yes. If an accident has been reported to CARFAX it will be included in the CARFAX Vehicle History Report. … However, we do not have all accidents as many have never been reported, or may only have been reported to a source to which CARFAX does not have access.

## How much does a minor accident affect resale value?

A car with an accident on the vehicle history report or still evident on the vehicle simply doesn’t command the same resale price. At any stage, the car depreciation rate is about 10 to 25 percent more than the normal rate.

## Can you sell a car that has been in an accident?

Selling a car that has been in an accident without disclosing the damage puts you at risk for legal action from the buyer. If a person buys a car and later discovers that it’s been in an accident, you could end up with charges pressed against you.