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Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage

Also called: Appraiser, Automobile Appraiser (Auto Appraiser), Automobile Damage Appraiser (Auto Damage Appraiser), Material Damage Appraiser

What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • mechanical


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability


You might use software like this on the job:

Project management software
  • App Software Associations
  • Cost estimating software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Information Services Inc. CCC Pathways Appraisal Solution
  • Meridian Technologies SurePoint
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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