After an accident, one of the hardest parts about collecting on your claim is proving the damage to your vehicle to the insurance company. Damage cause by the accident could be misconstrued as preexisting damage. Damage caused to your engine may result in engine failure…but if your engine had over 100,000 miles on it, does the insurance company owe you a brand new engine? Situations such as these are where insurance companies can get stubborn.

Proof of property damage should include photos of your vehicle from before and after the accident, any invoices proving upgrades such as new tires or engine repairs, and the testimony of mechanics.

By law, insurance companies are requires to pay you the reasonable market valued of a totaled vehicle or to repair your vehicle to its “pre-accident” condition. However, insurance companies will commonly make low ball offers on totaled vehicles or try using after-markets parts in the repair of your damaged vehicle. If your insurance company is acting unreasonably, your last option may be taking your claim to court.

At The Law Office of Thomas Grier, we know what tricks the insurance companies may try in an effort to pay you as little as possible. Let us handle your claim with the insurance company to make sure you get fair compensation for your property damage.