Diminished Value Claims in California

Does California Allow Diminished Value Claims?

Yes. The diminished value of your vehicle is recoverable in the state of California. Although California law stated this, in 2016 a judge clarified jury instruction 3903J to say, “…if you find that the [e.g. automobile] can be repaired, but after repairs it will be worth less than it was before the harm, the damages are (1) the difference between its value before the harm and its lesser value after the repairs have been made plus (2) the reasonable cost of making the repairs. The total amount awarded may not exceed the [e.g., automobile]’s value before the harm occurred.”

Is it mandatory for motorists to carry liability insurance in California?

California law states, “All drivers and all owners of a motor vehicle shall at all times be able to establish financial responsibility and shall at all times carry in the vehicle evidence of the form of financial responsibility in effect for the vehicle.”

Do you handle diminished value claims in California?

Yes. Although we are based in Texas, our services are available across the United States including California.

California Diminished Value Claims Information:

  • Statute of Limitations – 3 Years from the date of the accident.
  • From the at-Fault Party’s Insurance Company – Yes
  • Under your own policy’s Uninsured Motorist Coverage – Yes

Information by state

California Diminished Value Claims
Whenever you need a diminished value assessment or report, or an appraisal report for losses related to any vehicle – car, motorcycle, boat, or RV, contact EAG.
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