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Negotiate With Car Insurance Adjusters About Car Total Loss Guide

Car insurance adjusters have only one job: To low-ball you out of a full settlement for your claims. An insurance adjuster is an evaluator who decides how much you get paid for a claim – make no mistake, their job is to save money for insurance companies by underpaying you as much as possible. Insurance adjusters’ methods are to settle clients faster by offering them cash immediately – in many cases, clients are desperate for cash to repair their cars, and they accept lower settlements than the actual value of their car.  What Decides How Much You Get Paid?  The main variable that determines how much you get paid is the value of your car – if an adjuster claims your car is worth $10,000 but it’s actually worth $12,000 – how do you provide the evidence? How do you receive your full money’s worth and show that your car was damaged at 100%? State laws differ too – in some states, you can claim 100% car loss even if only 50% of your car was damaged. Adjusters either rush the payment or delay the payment to oblivion. Remember – their job is to pay you less than your car is worth. An adjuster will contact you after a car accident to appraise the value of your car – this gets tricky if you have a used car, however, there are tools that can help you determine the exact value of your car. Once an adjuster contacts you, they will attempt to give you an offer – this offer will typically be less than what you claim. If you take it they will settle you and they’ve done their job. What you should do instead is to tell them you want to negotiate – it’s possible to convince an adjuster that your car is worth an x amount of $ by providing proof of the exact car value. This guide will show you how to find out the exact value of your car and how to present that information to your adjuster. State Laws For Total Car Loss Total loss of car refers to claiming 100% of the value of the car – in theory, if your car is totally wrecked you can claim a total loss on the car to buy a new car. However, in many states, your car damages do not have to constitute 100% of the car value (full wreckage) to claim a total loss.  Nevada: The state legislation claims that a client requires a 65% loss of vehicle value in order to claim a total loss. Florida: The total loss amount is slightly higher at 80%. Texas: The damages must actually surpass 100% of the value to file a total loss claim.  State-specific laws are different and you must check the laws of your state to determine whether you are eligible for a total loss claim in your state.  How To Negotiate With Car Insurance Adjusters About Car Total Loss? There are two steps to … Read More