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March , 2010
Lets talk about Diminished Value

Diminished Value of Automobiles (continued)

The following are 5 of the most potential of them bubbling and boiling - - just under the surface:
#1. Most consumers don’t know what kind of parts they’re getting. They (incorrectly) assume their motor vehicle will be restored to its pre-crash condition.
#2. Too often the “Imitation Parts” don’t match the car’s contours leaving an impossible mess to correct.
#3. When it comes to fenders there are “Fit Problems”. Some require widening the holes or using shims. Many don’t match the contour of the car and require significant reworking..
#4. Replacement bumpers (more often than not) need to be re-drilled or widened leaving large gaps or uneven surfaces.
#5. Structural welds need to be inspected to verify the welding was performed properly.  It will never have the same robot weld as the manufacturer but there is a proper way to weld.  There are butcher jobs being performed everyday to vehicles across the country.

For more information, contact the premier Diminished Value Company in the nation, AVR Group Auto Appraisal Services (

By Jeff Hamilton
Board Member
The American Society of Certified Auto Appraisers
March 30, 2010 

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