State & Federal laws provide owners the ability to receive reasonable compensation if a defective vehicle cannot be repaired within a reasonable period of time.
But what is "reasonable compensation"?
In the case of Lemon Law vehicles, the Diminished Value is the amount by which the resale value of a vehicle has been reduced for having a history of a defect and repeated attempts at repair.
Diminished Value / Lemon Law Appraisal
$300 plus travel* and tolls
A diminished value appraisal establishes the amount of value that a vehicle may have lost due to its history of repeated repairs, ie. due to being a lemon. This is usually done in cooperation with an attorney.
We are also available for court appearances**, if needed.
Robert Aftel has been recognized as an expert in Diminished Value in the Courts of Fairfax, Stafford, Prince William, Loudon, Alexandria City, Fredericksburg City, Henrico, Hanover, and Montgomery County, MD.
The first hour (round-trip estimate) is free. Any travel exceeding one hour round-trip (door to door) is $75/hour by car. Travel time is $50/hour for any transportation other than driving. Parking, tolls, etc. are additional. Motels, meals, and other related overnight expenses are billed at actual cost.
**Court Fee Schedule
Depositions / Court appearances are $250/hour for the first two hours, with a two-hour minimum. Subsequent time is $200/hour. The clock begins at the appointed hour which we are requested to appear. Cancellation fee is $200 for cancellation notice of less than 24 hours (business time) and $100 for cancellation notice of more than 24 but less than 48 hours. A cancellation notice of more than 48 hours will result in no charge.