Automotive Diminished Value Claims

Brett M. Bressler is an attorney with 28 years experience in personal injury and property damage law.  He has represented the owners of the following vehicles in diminished value and loss of use claims: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Infinity, Jaguar, Jeep, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Porsche, Tesla, Toyota, as well as Harley Davidson motorcycles, and recreational vehicles.

Yes, Florida Law permits owners to recover for diminished value of their vehicle following an accident.

Yes, Florida law permits owners to recover for loss of use damages for the rental cost of an equivalent vehicle following an accident and during the repair.

Yes, Brett M. Bressler is an attorney who accepts these cases on a contingency fee basis.

Yes, Brett M. Bressler is an attorney who has tried these cases to juries and obtained favorable verdicts for his clients.

Yes, Brett M. Bressler has obtained favorable insurance settlements for his clients without filing a lawsuit.  See partial list below.


Q What is Diminution?

A It means that your car is worth less because it was in an accident. Most cars suffer a 10% to 50% loss in market value even after being repaired. Would you pay top dollar for a car that had been in an accident?


Q How do I get compensation for diminution in value?

A You may be entitled to compensation for diminution in value if:

  • Your accident was caused by someone other than you;
  • That person has insurance; and
  • Your car was properly repaired.


Q How much is my claim for diminution in value worth?

A The value of your claim is based on several factors:

  • Amount of damage compared to the value of the vehicle
  • Value of the vehicle in pre-accident condition
  • Any frame damage
  • Year, Make, and Model
  • Quality of repair


Q How do I make a claim for diminution in value?

A Brett M. Bressler is an attorney who represents owners of cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreational vehicles in claims for diminution in value.


Q How do I get an attorney?

A Brett M. Bressler, P.A. accepts cases on a contingency fee basis in which the client pays no attorney fee or costs unless there is a recovery. This allows the client to retain an attorney even if he or she cannot afford one. Call my office for a free consultation.


Q What advice can you give me now that may help my case?


  1. Take high-quality photographs of the damage to your vehicle. Take pictures that show the entire vehicle in a single frame, and close up pictures that show damage to the frame, body, undercarriage, and interior. Use a good camera with a flash. If you do not have a good camera, call me.
  2. Find your original purchase invoice for the vehicle, and save all receipts for the towing, storage, and repair of your vehicle.
  3. You are entitled to money for a rental car while your car is being repaired.
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Case Studies

Honda CRV – Personal Injury and Diminished Value

Honda CRV – Personal Injury and Diminished ValueThis case is an example of the danger of other drivers attempting a left-hand turn in the face of oncoming traffic. Here, our client was the driver of this new Honda CRV. The other driver was going the opposite direction on attempted to make a left turn causing our client to hit the side of the other vehicle in a T-bone accident. The accident caused our client’s airbags to deploy. Our client had just had cervical spine surgery about one week before this massive accident. Miraculously, our client suffered no aggravation of her preexisting neck problem. However, she did suffer fractures to her wrist. We were able to make a successful recovery for her injury claim from the insurer of the at-fault vehicle as well as our client’s insurer for underinsured motorist coverage. Also, we were successful in making a claim for diminished value to her Honda.

Range Rover 4×4 Sport HSE – $9,000

Our client’s brand new Land Rover Range Rover 4×4 Sport HSE was damaged by a valet parking driver. The cost to repair was $4,126.00. The insurance company refused to pay our demand to settle. We filed suit against the valet parking company which was a national company. We settled the case for $9,000.00 for our client.