Summary – New Hampshire Diminished Value Claims
Statute of Limitations: 3 years
Third Party Diminished Value Claim: Yes
First Party Diminished Value Claim: No, most insurance policies will exclude diminished value
New Hampshire Property Damage Minimum Limits: $25,000 in coverage
Uninsured Motorist Coverage for Diminished Value: No coverage
Underinsured Motorist Coverage for Diminished Value: No coverage
New Hampshire Small Claims Court Limit: $10,000, attorney representation and appeals are permitted
New Hampshire Diminished Value Law
Copadis v. Haymond, 94 N.H. 103, (N.H. 1946) Supreme Court of New Hampshire Hillsborough (“While the defendant's liability for negligence may properly be measured by the difference in value before and after the automobile was damaged plus loss of use, the plaintiff may recover, in lieu thereof, the reasonable cost of repair with due allowance for any difference between the original value and value after repairs and loss of use.”)
Copadis v. Haymond, 94 N.H. 103, 106 (N.H. 1946) (“The rule is well expressed in Restatement, Torts, s. 928, as follows: "Where a person is entitled to a judgment for harm to chattels not amounting to a total destruction in value, the damages include compensation for "(a) the difference between the value of the chattel before the harm and the value after the harm or, at the plaintiff's election, the reasonable cost of repair or restoration where feasible, with due allowance for any difference between the original value and the value after repairs, and "(b) the loss of use." ”)
How to File a Diminished Value Claim in New Hampshire
Step 1. Gather proof of your car’s diminished value.
Crucial in filing any insurance claim is having the correct paperwork and supporting documentation prepared professionally.
Insurance companies are looking for a high-quality, independent diminished value appraisal performed by an industry expert with the highest qualifications and experience.
Step 2. Submit a diminished value appraisal and demand letter for review.
Typically, diminished value claims are brought against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Step 3. Settle your claim.
Insurance companies will often want to negotiate so it is in your best interest to enlist the services of a professional diminished value appraiser for help with your claim. Haggle and negotiate until they get firm with their offer.
If you would like a free claim review, please call us at (850) 201-1950 or complete a free estimate form to get further assistance with your New Hampshire diminished value claim.