Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-5.3% (decline)


What Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage Do

Appraise automobile or other vehicle damage to determine repair costs for insurance claim settlement. Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost or cost estimates and recommendations. May seek agreement with automotive repair shop on repair costs.

Other Job Titles Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage May Have

Appraiser, Automobile Appraiser (Auto Appraiser), Automobile Damage Appraiser (Auto Damage Appraiser), Material Damage Appraiser

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Auto Body Estimator ,

Theodore Robins Ford

I come in every day with a plan of what needs to be done, which I do the night before I leave. I greet the customer and find out what they need. I will do an estimate on the damage on their vehicle and even go as far as calling the insurance company about their claim if they need me to. I order the parts and make sure the technicians get what they need to do the repair the correct way. I also close the paperwork and collect the money from the customer.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Evaluate practicality of repair as opposed to payment of market value of vehicle before accident.
  • Review repair cost estimates with automobile repair shop to secure agreement on cost of repairs.
  • Examine damaged vehicle to determine extent of structural, body, mechanical, electrical, or interior damage.
  • Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost estimates and recommendations.
  • Estimate parts and labor to repair damage, using standard automotive labor and parts cost manuals and knowledge of automotive repair.

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