Auto Appraisers FAQ

From Our Vehicle Appraisal Clients

Auto appraisers know a lot about cars, but not many people know much about auto appraisers. Since auto-value appraisal is (hopefully) not something you need very often, you probably have a lot of questions. The Auto Mediator has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive field.

You do not need a professional appraisal every time you need to know a car’s value–only when accuracy absolutely matters. In instances of total loss or diminished value or asset evaluation for an estate settlement, bankruptcy, or divorce, you want an accurate report. In the case of a luxury vehicle or classic car, an inaccurate assessment can mean a difference of thousands of dollars. Our expert vehicle appraisers provide total loss appraisals, diminished vehicle calculations, mediation services, expert witness services, and more. Check out the following frequently asked questions to learn more.

1. Does your Appraiser have over 20 years experience in the Automotive Field?

Auto Mediator has and prices vehicles daily with current market data that is proprietary and proven.

2. Is your report from an independent appraiser not a dealership sales mgr?

Most Insurance companies want qualified experts in the industry that write appraisals routinely and have concrete reports that explain different elements such as prior loss value, post loss value, true diminished value-backed by real hard numbers, auction results, etc.

3. Are you getting an accurate appraisal?

We use real auction data in our reports from our own dealer auto auction (brokerage).

4. Insurance companies are asking me for an appraisal?

Having dealt with insurance companies on several fronts auto mediator can provide concrete reports that explain diminished value, total loss appraisals, insurance appraisals, etc. that insurance companies have honored and paid claims through while protecting their clients interests.

5. What about my loss of use?

Your complete report will come with comps of like-kind rental cars that can potentially increase the size of your claim (example: a Lexus es350 client of was given a Chevy Malibu rental replacement for 20 days while their car was being repaired. That was a difference of $100 a day x 20 days = $2000.


From Our Clients

The amazing comprehensive and detailed appraisal report he wrote, I was able to get reimbursed over $10,000 dollars for Loss of Use on top of what I received for my Diminished Value Claim.

Aivi P.


Auto Mediator’s report, guidance, and expertise recovered me $18,000 vs an original amount of $3k on my Geico DV Claim.

Willie Zuniga