Do you disagree with the tax that you must pay on your vehicle purchase?
Why pay the same tax as someone else for a different vehicle.

Every vehicle is different.

  • Excessive Kms / Mileage
  • Finish/ Paint Damage
  • Interior Deterioration
  • Collision History

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Tax Deductions

Charitable Donation
DC&A's certified appraisals document value for tax-deductible donations to the non-profit of your choice. Our fees for this service start at $250. Mileage of 50 cents per km may apply. Ask about multi-car and club discounts. If you would like to donate your special interest vehicle to a non-profit, DC&A can provide information on schools and museums that are currently accepting donations.

Property Settlement - Estate or Divorce
DC&A can provide an independent appraisal to help you establish the true market value of automobiles involved in estate or divorce settlements. Our fees for this service start at $250. Mileage of 50 cents per km may apply. Ask about multi-car and club discounts.

Diminished Value Claim:
What is diminished value and how do I know when I am entitled to it?
Diminution of value happens when a vehicle is wrecked or damaged in an accident. The vehicle is then repaired or restored back to a roadworthy condition. The insurance company agrees to pay for the repairs. You have your car back, but it’s just not the same.
To help you see what has happened to your car’s value, let’s take a trip to the local car dealership. You’ve decided you may want to buy a car. You know what make and model you’re looking for and you find two of them sitting on the dealer's lot. You start to compare options, mileage and features and find they are practically identical. As the sales person explains the features available on each car, you learn that one of the two cars was involved in an accident requiring substantial repairs. You are told that you can be assured that it is now good as new. But can you? Would you be willing to pay the same amount for a car that has been repaired?

In a recent 2007 Canadian study, 43% of the people surveyed would not buy a car that was in an accident. 42% said they would buy a car that has been in an accident but only if it was being sold for a large discount.

So what does that say about your car? Is it worth as much now that its been repaired as it was prior to the accident damage? Insurance companies have been wrestling with this question by their claimants for many years. Does your insurance company pay for diminished value? Has your car diminished in value because of the repairs required by an accident? How do you know?

You don’t, but we do. DC&A is your local diminished value professional. We make it our business to know. We attend auto auctions nationwide, to gather information on cars sold that have sustained accident damage. We then compare the sale price of these damaged and repaired vehicles to the sale price of those that have not been in an accident. This use of comparables gives us a percentage of loss of value for each type of automobile. The results tell the story.

During a recent 2007-Southern Ontario dealer survey, conducted by DC&A, we found that dealers diminished a car’s value by 15% to 50% because it had been involved in an accident requiring significant repairs. Even though repairs have been made properly, there is a loss of value due to inherent diminished value. Should repairs be done poorly, and not up to industry standards, there may be additional repair related diminished value.

What are some of the factors that cause diminished value? Some of these factors, but not all are:

  • Overall percentage of damage to the car versus its original value.
  • Year, make or model.
  • Any frame damage.
  • Use of non-OEM parts. Parts that are not the original parts placed on the car by the manufacturer.

What does this mean for you? The diminution of value is the difference between what your car was worth before the accident and after the repair. Let DC&A help you determine your car’s diminished value. Our fee for this service is $375. Mileage of 50 cents per km may apply.

Total Loss:
When a vehicle has been declared a "Total Loss", DC&A can help to independently establish the value of the vehicle at the time of loss. Our fee for this service is $375. Mileage of 50 cents per km may apply.

Bank Loan Value:
To establish the true market value of the vehicle you are planning to buy, banks, credit unions and individual lenders may require an independent appraisal. Prompt attention is given to your appraisal needs and appraisal reports may be faxed directly to your lender upon your request. Our fees for this service start at $195 and include a 2-3 business day turn around time. Mileage of 50 cents per km may apply.