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Career Details :: Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage
Appraise automobile or other vehicle damage to determine cost of repair for insurance claim settlement and seek agreement with automotive repair shop on cost of repair. Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost or cost estimates and recommendations.
A minimum of two to four years of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
- Estimates parts and labor to repair damage, using standard automotive labor and parts/cost manuals and knowledge of automotive repair.
- Prepares insurance forms to indicate repair/cost estimates and recommendations.
- Evaluates practicality of repair as opposed to payment of market value of vehicle before accident.
- Arranges to have damage appraised by another appraiser to resolve disagreement with shop on repair cost.
- Determines salvage value on total-loss vehicle.
- Reviews repair/cost estimates with automobile-repair shop to secure agreement on cost of repairs.
- Examines damaged vehicle to determine extent of structural, body, mechanical, electrical, or interior damage.
- Adjustment Clerks
- Claims Examiners, Property and Casualty Insurance
- Insurance Policy Processing Clerks
- Insurance Underwriters
- Licensing Examiners and Inspectors
- Tax Preparers
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
- Processing Information
- Documenting/Recording Information
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Problem Identification
- Active Listening
- Information Gathering
Frequent Work Context
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Deal With External Customers
- Job-Required Social Interaction