Salem, Oregon Total Loss Appraisal

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In Salem, Oregon, facing a total loss vehicle scenario, whether it’s due to a car accident or a stolen vehicle, can be overwhelming. Leverage Auto Appraisals, known for its dedication to equitable and accurate car valuations, is your ally in these challenging times. Specializing in total loss appraisals, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the rightful retail value for your vehicle.

When an insurance company declares your vehicle a total loss in Salem, understanding the impact is vital. This typically means that repairing the vehicle might cost more than its present retail market value. At such times, the expertise of Leverage Auto Appraisals becomes indispensable. We are here to assist you in navigating these difficult times, ensuring your vehicle’s valuation is fair and in compliance with Oregon’s legal standards.

Set against the backdrop of Salem’s historical and cultural landmarks, like the Oregon State Capitol and the scenic Riverfront Park, our services resonate with the local community. We take pride in serving Salem’s residents with integrity and an in-depth understanding of the local automotive market.

Our services cater to those who believe their insurance company’s offer is unjustly low. We are independent of any insurance company affiliations, focusing solely on securing a fair settlement for you. According to Oregon law, you are entitled to a 100% reimbursement of the appraisal costs if the final appraised value is even slightly higher than the insurer’s last offer.

Ken Nix, our Oregon Certified Vehicle Appraiser (Certification #V34-075), specializes in managing total loss car appraisals, auto total loss appraisal insurance claim disputes, and negotiations for various vehicle types, including those linked with Copart and IAAI. We have observed that valuations, especially for certain types of vehicles like Diesel Trucks with 7.3, Duramax, or Cummins engines, are often much lower than their actual market value. This is where we step in, utilizing the appraisal clause in your policy to effectively dispute these low estimates.

If you are in Salem and find yourself dealing with a total loss insurance claim, don’t hesitate to contact Leverage Auto Appraisals. We offer a Free Total Loss Claim Review, dedicated to ensuring that your car value or vehicle value genuinely reflects its market worth. Our approach is thorough and personalized, aimed at recovering the maximum fair market value for your vehicle.

Reach out to Leverage Auto Appraisals at (503) 567-8900 for expert assistance in Salem, Oregon. Whether it’s a simple car accident or more complex situations involving total loss appraisal near me, auto total loss appraisal, or total loss evaluation, our team is here to guide you to a fair and equitable settlement. Let us support you in this process, safeguarding your rights and ensuring that your vehicle’s value is properly acknowledged.

picture of a vehicle in salem oregon that has been totaled by an insurance company and declared a total loss

Our all-inclusive auto appraisal service provides everything you need to determine the cash value of your vehicle. With us you can have peace of mind and confidence in your claim. Other companies may claim to be the best auto appraisers in the Pacific Northwest, but we don’t work for insurance companies like they do. Haven’t you already dealt with enough misdirection and manipulation from your insurance company?

  1. Is there an auto appraiser near me? I cover all of Oregon, specializing in helping consumers with Oregon total loss insurance claims as an Oregon Certified Auto Appraiser since 2010.
  2. Oregon Total Loss Laws. The big secret your claims rep doesn’t want you to know is if your Oregon Certified Auto Appraiser increases your claim just one cent, yes, ONE PENNY, your insurance company has to reimburse you for the cost of the total loss appraisal.
  3. How can I negotiate with car insurance adjusters for my car’s total loss. YOU DON’T HAVE TO. Under your policy’s appraisal clause, you’re allowed to hire a vehicle appraiser and he can negotiate the claim for you.
  4. How much more can I get? My average increase this year, is $5,768.19 or 44.78 percent of the vehicle’s value. .
  5. When’s the best time to invoke my appraisal clause? The sooner the better. Ken has over a decade of experience working appraisal clause claims. Many insurance companies are known to give claimants a list of things to do if they want a higher value. Most of the times, this is just a ploy to get you to waste time while your vehicle goes down in value, so they can gain an even bigger advantage.

We Can Help! We specialize in Oregon Total loss Insurance claim disputes. If your vehicle has been declared a total loss and your insurance company is not providing a fair offer, and you need help, we can provide… LEVERAGE to get the value you should be receiving. Don’t go it alone, our Oregon Licensed Auto Appraiser, Ken Nix, can help you recover your full value by producing an appraisal under the appraisal clause of your insurance policy and negotiations with your insurance company.

Leverage Auto Appraisals |Total Loss Appraiser
Based on 82 reviews
Kirstie Forsey
Kirstie Forsey
I was involved in a not at fault accident in September 2023. My insurance company was giving me the run around and offered me a very low price for my 2018 Toyota 4Runner premium. I contacted Ken Nix to get a professional and more accurate evaluation of my vehicle. I am glad I did. Ken was able to get me 4K more for my vehicle than the insurance company offered me. This allowed me to be able to pay off my vehicle and have money down to get a new one. Ken was down to earth and kind; he worked diligently to get me the best price for my vehicle. I absolutely recommend him to all who are being taken advantage of by their insurance companies. Ken will get you a fair price and fast.
Response from the owner: Thank you for the Kind words Kirstie. I appreciate the trust you put in me choosing me as your auto appraiser. thank you so much! - Ken
Josh Buchholz
Josh Buchholz
Ken was amazing. He cared and listened, I really enjoyed working with him. He ended up getting me $6,125 more for my vehicle than I was offered by Geico. I learned that if you buy a vehicle with upgrades (lift, rims, tires, exhaust, AMP steps etc etc...) and you do not have receipts then they will not be acknowledged by the insurance company unless you hire and appraiser and fight for them. Another thing I learned, if you personally add upgrades to your vehicle and do not declare the upgrade with your insurance company they may not be covered.Ken was a rock star and is well-known in this field. He was very responsive and talked me through the process. I appreciated that he texted and emailed as well as a chat on the phone! Very trustworthy. I think other appraisers know he knows his stuff, that is why he is so successful. Thank you Ken! I would highly recommend him to assist with a total loss settlement!
Response from the owner: It really sucks that insurance agents don't tell you about caps on aftermarket until after the loss. I get a lot of clients that have lifts, wheels, canopies, camping upfitting, etc. and some lose a lot of money because their agent wasn't transparent with them. I had a client with a Sprinter Van that lost over $250,000 in upfitting because they didn't have the upfitting covered in the policy. They gave him $1,000, which was the aftermarket cap for the $250k upfitting. Someone should be held accountable in my opinion. Guarantee if they made the agents pay out of their own pocket a couple of times, consumers would be a lot better informed. Thank you for taking the time to write such an awesome review. These don't just help me, but it also lets other people know they're not the only ones being screwed over by their insurance company. Thanks again, - Ken
scotty hansen
scotty hansen
I came to Ken after I had a feeling that progressive was undervaluing my claim. He agreed and pushed hard to help get the proper value when it comes to my vehicle. He reviewed their evaluation and explained to me why he would be able to get me more before I paid him. Then afterwards He made sure to stay communicative with me and helped to make sure that he was doing all he could to assure that I was getting a proper value for my vehicle. I’m grateful to Ken and would recommend his appraisal service to anyone who has doubts about the value of their vehicle when it comes to total loss claims.
Response from the owner: Progressive's JD Power / Mitchell valuations seem to just run low in my opinion. I'm really glad I could get that extra $3,800 so you could get closer to the real value of your 2002 GMC Pickup. It's crazy that Progressive was using comparable vehicles with twice the miles your truck had. Thank you again for taking the time to write a review. I really appreciate it. - Ken
Jack Jones
Jack Jones
I’d give Leverage six stars if I could. I appreciate the way they went to bat for me. Ken negotiated almost double what the insurance company originally offered. I highly recommend!
Response from the owner: Thank you, Jack, for the wonderful review. I apologize, as it seems my previous response didn't go through on Google. I want to express my gratitude for your trust in choosing me as your total loss auto appraiser. If only every claim could turn out as successfully as yours did, I'd love it. A 94% increase, amounting to an actual value gain of $7,349 over the market value estimated by Progressive using Mitchell/JD Powers vehicle valuation report. Makes me wonder how many people are settling for half what they should have gotten. Additionally, because your policy is based in Oregon, they were required to reimburse you for the cost of our services. Hope you never need me again, but if you do, please let me know, it was a pleasure working with you. - Ken
Tracey Jeffries
Tracey Jeffries
I worked with Ken and he persevered and got me a fair value. 8,000 more than what the insurance offered initially. I highly recommend them.
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I'm delighted to hear that you were satisfied with the outcome of your case. Securing an additional $8,000 over the initial insurance offer is a significant achievement, and it was my pleasure to work diligently on your behalf to ensure a fair settlement.Your recommendation means a great deal to me. It reinforces my commitment to perseverance and fairness in all my appraisals. In the current market, especially with the challenges we face in Oregon, achieving such results requires a thorough understanding and a determined approach, and I'm glad we could navigate this successfully together.Remember, my door is always open for any further assistance you might need in the future. I'm here to help, whether it's for a new case or simply to offer advice. Kind regards, Ken
Marisa Harris
Marisa Harris
I e-mailed Ken an appraisal from All State. He gave me very detailed answers regarding all of my questions and responded promptly! He seems like a great guy to do business with and I appreciated all of his help!
Response from the owner: Thank you Marisa for taking the time to write a review. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. I'll do my best to answer them. - ken
Anshuman Thakur
Anshuman Thakur
The whole process took more than 75 days but Ken was able to negotiate $13K more from the insurance company. Thanks!
Response from the owner: Thank you for taking the time to write a review Anshuman! It is truly appreciated. I share your frustration with the extended duration of the process, particularly for vehicles like yours, where it appears that the insurance company might be leveraging the payout period to their advantage. Wasn't always like this, and I hope it becomes easier again. We're just dealing with so many new people at the insurance companies and they aren't hiring as many local appraisers as the used to do. Luckily we worked with a local appraiser on this who understood our market, instead of someone from 1,000 miles away. My aim is always to streamline these proceedings, and it would indeed be faster if insurers acknowledged the rightful value of vehicles before it has to go to appraisal clause. Your trust in me handling your claim is greatly appreciated! Thank you for your patience and sticking with me.- Ken
Shelly Stegall
Shelly Stegall
Hire them already!! I was SEVERELY lowballed by my insurance company after my car was totaled. Luckily I was also informed about Oregons appraisal clause and thought it was worth fighting. I was nervous calling someone based solely on reviews, but after a few minutes of talking to Ken I knew I made the right choice. Less than a week later he negotiated a payout of $14,000, more than twice of the original offer. Highly suggest Leverage Auto Appraisals, it was such a relief feeling like I had the power to successfully fight a large company.
Response from the owner: Shelly, I couldn't help but do a little happy dance when I read your review. It makes me happier than a June bug to know that I was able to assist you in securing a 139% increase over Progressive Insurance's last offer on your Toyota 4Runner. Sorry, although I've lived longer in Oregon than Texas, this made me so happy a little Texas just popped right out of me. LOL Dealing with insurance companies can often be a challenging task, but I make it my priority to fight for your rights and ensure you receive the fair compensation you deserve.Thank you sincerely for sharing your appraisal success story. Your trust in me and your positive review are deeply appreciated. It is customers like you that make my job truly fulfilling. -Ken
Fergy Fergy
Fergy Fergy
I had an appraisal done by leverage Auto, my Appraiser's name was Ken, I've been around seven decades down I've seen and heard a lot of things but I was happy and thrilled with the results I received from Ken. I strongly suggest use this service. For me it was the best. Thanks Ken
Response from the owner: Thank you Tall, Dark and Handsome for the kind words. HA HA. You were a blast to work with. Please feel free to call me anytime just to talk. You're the best client ever. You kept me laughing so much it was just a lot of fun working with you. -Ken
Tyler Michael
Tyler Michael
Response from the owner: Thank you for the five-star review, Tyler. It was indeed a rewarding experience to handle the Total Loss Appraisal for your Dodge Ram Diesel one-ton truck, especially securing a substantial increase of $9,645.33 in your payout. It's astonishing how frequently the CCC ONE valuations fall short by $10,000 to $20,000 for diesel trucks, significantly underestimating their true value. Your recognition means a lot, and I'm delighted we could achieve such a positive outcome for you. Working with you was a pleasure, and I'm here to assist with any future appraisal needs you might have, make sure to submit the copy of the invoice to Geico so they can reimburse you for the fees you paid me. Thank you once again for the five stars and the opportunity to serve you!. - Ken
Michael Patrick
Michael Patrick
Mr. Kenny Nix I choose as my independant appraiser after reviewing his background and credentials in the field of appraising vehicles independantly. As I went through this process, I was not sure of all the twists and turns I would be faced with.I have been a law enforcement officer for over 27 years and this was my first experience in having a vehicle I owned that was totalled and challenged the insurance company as to the value of the vehicle. As time went on (3 months), Mr Nix kept me informed of the all information that was needed and how the process was moving forward.Mr. Nix eventually negotiated a deal that increased the offer from $35,000 to $52,000 which is nearly a 50% increase in value ($17,000 more)!Mr. Nix is a firm but fair negotiator that gets the job done! I would highly recommend him as your negotiator to extract the best deal for you possible!Thank you Kenny Nix,Michael Leary
Response from the owner: First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Leverage Auto Appraisals and with me, Ken Nix. I appreciate your kind words and recognition of the efforts I put into every appraisal and negotiation.I genuinely apologize for the length of time it took to finalize the claim on your behalf. A primary factor in the delay was the necessity to reestablish the exact date of loss and the condition of the vehicle at the time of the incident with the opposing appraiser and insurance company. It's crucial to understand that the initial valuation presented was not based on the correct details. Sorting out the facts and ensuring every piece of information was accurate with both the insurance company and their appraiser was paramount, but did unfortunately require additional time.At Leverage Auto Appraisals, I personally oversee every appraisal, negotiation, and audit of opposing appraisals. This hands-on approach is to guarantee that the quality and accuracy of our services meet the high standards I set for myself and for our company. Unlike larger firms, where appraisals and even negotiations may be performed by those less experienced or who might not carry the same dedication to truly proving a vehicle's worth, I ensure that each step in the process adheres to the highest standard. My commitment has always been to prove the value, not merely produce one.Again, I deeply appreciate your patience and understanding throughout the process. The aim was to ensure you received the value you deserved for your vehicle, and I'm grateful we could achieve a favorable outcome for you. Michael, your recommendation means the world to me, and it has been an honor to assist a dedicated law enforcement officer like yourself.Wishing you all the best and please feel free to reach out if you need any further assistance in the future.Warm regards,Kenny NixLeverage Auto Appraisals |Total Loss Appraiser
todd marshall
todd marshall
Ken is the man, understands in real time the games the insurance company plays. Thanks Ken, nice work.
Response from the owner: Todd, as the Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Oregon Department of Justice, it is a sincere honor to meet your standards. I am extremely grateful for the invaluable insights and knowledge you have shared with me regarding Oregon law and total loss claims. Honestly, I feel I was just along for the ride, watching a master at work. I really enjoyed working with you. It was so funny that they just kept digging a deeper hole because they didn't know who you were. You're a true unsung hero to consumers throughout Oregon. Keep up the great work. - Ken


Portland Total Loss Vehicle Appraisals

At Leverage Auto Appraisals, we specialize in providing services in Salem, Oregon, and are attuned to the challenges vehicle owners face when insurance companies undervalue their vehicles following a total loss. We cater exclusively to vehicle owners and insured policyholders, not insurance companies, ensuring our commitment lies solely with you. Our work in Salem, a city rich in historical and cultural heritage, marked by landmarks such as the Oregon State Capitol and the serene Bush’s Pasture Park, is focused on defending the interests of Salem’s residents in their auto insurance claims.

Navigating a total loss vehicle claim in Salem can be daunting, especially when the offer from your insurance company fails to reflect the true car value or vehicle value. This is a frequent challenge in Salem, where individuals often struggle to obtain just compensation for their totaled vehicles, whether due to a car accident or incidents with entities like Copart or IAAI.

The Appraisal Clause – Empowering Policyholders:

  1. Challenging Low Offers: If the valuation from your insurance company is inadequate, the appraisal clause in your policy is a powerful tool to dispute their offer.
  2. Independent Appraisal Right: As a vehicle owner, you have the right to seek an independent appraisal at your expense, while the insurance company does its evaluation.
  3. Umpire for Dispute Resolution: If there is a disagreement in appraisals, an impartial umpire is chosen jointly to establish the final value, with costs equally divided.
  4. Leveraging Oregon Law: Oregon law ensures that if the final appraised value is higher than the insurer’s last offer, they must cover your appraisal costs.

Leverage Auto Appraisals, led by our skilled auto appraiser, Ken Nix, is dedicated to assisting Salem’s vehicle owners. Our Free Total Loss Claim Review helps you make informed decisions about disputing your claim.

Our approach is tailored and comprehensive. Each case is treated with the meticulous attention it deserves, ensuring that your claim reflects the true market value of your vehicle, whether it’s a daily driver or a more unique vehicle often seen in Copart or IAAI auctions.

For Salem residents coping with total loss situations, remember you have an ally in Leverage Auto Appraisals. We are committed to vehicle owners and policyholders, not insurance companies, ensuring your vehicle’s worth is fairly recognized. Reach out to us for expert guidance in achieving a just settlement, as we advocate for your rights and work towards an appropriate compensation for your vehicle.

Why Hire Us?


Oregon Licensed Auto Appraiser for over 13 Years


Over 35 years Experience as a Professional Negotiator


Over 18 years Automotive sales Experience. Experience with all types of vehicles. Not just an ex estimator or adjuster.


Over 40 years of Automotive Experience


Professionally Trained One on One by Zig Ziglar, Grant Cardone, and Tom Stuker.


Worked with Hundreds of Dealer, GM's, and GSM's in Oregon while employed with Reynolds and Reynolds.


Whether you're in Coos Bay, Bend, Eugene or Portland, Ken knows you're Used Car Market.

Vehicles We Sevice

At Leverage Auto Appraisals, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide expert total loss appraisals for an incredibly diverse range of vehicle makes. No matter the brand of your vehicle, our experienced team is ready to deliver a precise and fair valuation.

Our Broad Spectrum of Vehicle Makes Our appraisal services cover every major vehicle brand, ensuring that no matter what you drive, we have you covered. This includes luxury and performance brands like Acura, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, and Cadillac. We also appraise American classics and mainstays such as Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge, along with unique brands like Corvette and Ferrari.

For those with a preference for reliability and efficiency, we appraise popular brands like Honda, Hyundai, Subaru, and Toyota. Luxury enthusiasts will find solace in our expertise with brands like Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, and Rolls Royce.

Our appraisal capabilities extend to a range of other esteemed makes, including but not limited to Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mini-Cooper, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, RAM, and Volvo.

Comprehensive Services Beyond Cars In addition to cars, we offer specialized appraisals for other types of vehicles. This includes heavy-duty trucks from Freightliner, International, and Peterbilt, as well as unique makes like Hummer, Saturn, and Scion.

Expertise in Specialty and Commercial Vehicles Leverage Auto Appraisals is also proficient in handling total loss claims for a variety of specialty vehicles. This includes heavy trucks, semi-trucks, motorcycles, classic cars, muscle cars, collectible vehicles, and exotics. For those with commercial needs, we assess motor coaches, work vans, and other commercial vehicles with precision and care.

Tailored Appraisals for Every Vehicle No matter the type or brand of your vehicle, Leverage Auto Appraisals is equipped to provide a thorough and accurate total loss appraisal. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you receive a fair assessment, tailored specifically to your vehicle’s unique characteristics and the current market trends.

For professional, detailed, and reliable total loss appraisals across a wide spectrum of vehicles, trust Leverage Auto Appraisals. Contact us today to begin your appraisal process and experience our commitment to excellence in vehicle valuation.


Oregon Total loss auto appraiser Ken Nix, specializing in Total Loss Appraisals for vehicles.

  • Ken Nix is a local Oregon Certified and Licensed Vehicle appraiser since April of 2010 has been authorized by ODOT to appraise vehicles in Oregon for over 12 years.
  • Ken started in the automotive industry in the 1980s and has sold and appraised tens of thousands of vehicles including late model cars and trucks, Exotics, Muscle Cars, Street Rods, Vintage, Classics, Street Rods, Camper Conversions, and even Japanese right-hand drive vans while working for multiple franchises over 20 years. Ken is the independent appraiser chosen by Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo for independent vehicle assessments.
  • Previously employed by Diversiform and Reynolds and Reynolds. Ken worked with local Automotive Dealers, Sales, Service and Body shops to market vehicles. Hundreds of Dealership owners, managers, and staff know and trust him. Ken also worked with Lanphere Enterprises, and many other local dealers to provide digital solutions for automotive marketing.
  • Ken is the founder of Volkswagen Owners Club, My GTI, and Jetta Junkie and was an Administrator for for over 10 years.
  • Ken’s wife jokes that sometimes she’s married to Liam Neeson because Ken has a very particular set of skills, skills he’s acquired over a very long career.



Ken Nix's current Oregon Auto Appraisers Certification and License issued by ODOT

  • Ken has actual long term automotive sales, appraisal and negotiation experience. Beware long term businesses with inexperienced vehicle appraisers claiming decades of experience because a relative founded the business. Make sure your automotive appraiser has the real world experience to back up their claims.
  • Ken’s background in training salespeople on Product Knowledge, combined with auto body repair assessment experience and his computer background provides negotiating leverage over opposing appraisers. The ability to spot bad repairs from prior damage on an opposing appraiser’s comparables to discrediting salt state and flood damaged vehicles used by your insurance company’s valuations from CCC One and Mitchell / J.D. Powers to lowball your vehicle.
  • Expert Negotiator. Personally trained one on one by Zig Ziglar, Tom Stuker, and Grant Cordone. Over 45 years experience as a professional negotiator.
  • Ken’s Automotive, Computer Technology, Legal Reseach, and Negotiating background provides a very specific skill set that makes him a nightmare to opposing appraisers.


Recent Total Loss Claim Dispute Recoveries

G. Genauer – Total Loss Dispute
Insurance Company: State Farm

Portland, Oregon
Vehicle: 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
Offer: $16,174
Settled Value: $20,500
Increase: $4,326.00

S. Mead – Total Loss Dispute
Insurance Company: Geico

Prineville, Oregon
Vehicle: 5th Wheel Toy Hauler 2016 Keystone
Offer: $42,079
Settled Value: $51,700 – May 13, 2022
Increase: $9,621

S. Arkelian – Total Loss Dispute
Insurance Company: Progressive

Portland, Oregon
Vehicle: 2018 RAM 2500 Laramie Crew Diesel 2500
Offer: $59,152.21
Settled Value: $65,625
– May 11, 2022
Increase: $6.472.79

M. Smith – Total Loss Dispute
Insurance Company: Liberty Mutual

Portland, Oregon
Vehicle: 2003 Ford Super Duty F-250 King
Ranch Crew Cab
Offer: $14327.00
Settled Value: $19,995 – May 13, 2022
Increase: $5,668

C. Wilkinson – Total Loss Dispute
Insurance Company: Progressive

Portland, Oregon
Vehicle: 2004 Toyota Tacoma 4 Door Crew Cab
Offer: $22,024.90
Settled Value: $31,500 – May 4, 2022
Increase: $9,475.10

K. Johnson – Total Loss Dispute
Insurance Company: Progressive

Portland, Oregon
Offer: $20,653.83
Settled Value: $29,500.00
Increase: $8,846.17


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