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My Car Can be Repaired

A Part of the Georgia Car Damage Manual: How to Get Your Car Repaired or Paid-as-Totaled after an Accident

If your car can be repaired, congratulations! That will save you the trouble of having to negotiate with the insurance company over the amount they would have to pay you for a totaled car.  However, there are a few other issues for you to think about.

First, you may want a rental car while your car is being repaired. There’s a blue button below for that.

Second, you may want to know more about the process of getting your car repaired through an insurance company. There’s a blue button below for that.

Third, you should consider whether you will have a claim “diminished value” once your car is repaired.  In case you’re unfamiliar with that phrase, let us explain.  When it comes time to sell a car, buyers often won’t pay as much for a car that has been damaged as they would pay for a car that has never been damaged.  That means that even after you get your car repaired, it won’t be worth as much as it was before.  The law refers to this concept as “diminution in value,” which is a fancy phrase for idea that your car is worth less after the accident, even if it has been fixed.

If your vehicle is repairable, you are entitled to a rental car for the reasonable repair time, the cost of repair plus this “diminution in value” resulting from the damage, as well as interest.

Click on a blue button below to decide what part of the Georgia Car Damage Manual you go to next.