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The IA Path Podcast is the home for current and future auto damage appraisers and catastrophic auto hail adjusters.

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Excellent informative podcast!

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Great info for people interested in becoming an IA. Thanks and keep it up!

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Excellent informative podcast!

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Great info for people interested in becoming an IA. Thanks and keep it up!
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Rank #1: IA 117 The Secret to Being a First Call Adjuster

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Mathew Allen of AdjusterTV shares with us the secret to being a first call adjuster. Go beyond being just a licensed IA and become the most desired!

Matt shares his best tips, tricks, insights, and some exciting news about a free training opportunity for you!

Name – Mathew Allen

Location – Wherever the RV is parked

Contact - Mathew Allen's LinkedIn Profile

Email: mathew@adjustertv.com

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ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand

Apr 22 2019

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Rank #2: IA 49 - "Mr. ACD" and the Future of the Claims Industry

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Hear why now is a great time to become an independent adjuster, learn how to expand your book of business, and hear how to stay relevant in the industry with CEO and industry leader Ernie Bray. Ernie is the CEO of 6-time Inc 5000 winner ACD. (Auto Claims Direct)

"Mr. ACD", Ernie Bray shares his IA story and discusses the future of the claims industry with IA Path's Chris Stanley.

Name - Ernie Bray

Company - ACD or Auto Claims Direct

Location - Carlsbad, CA

Superpower - Business Development

Contact - ACDCorp.com & 888-403-4223

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Jan 08 2018

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Rank #3: IA 87: 10 Signs You Should Invest in Becoming an Independent Adjuster

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Hey It’s Chris Stanley and welcome to the independent adjusting podcast. Today’s episode is all about knowing whether you personally as an individual should invest in becoming an independent adjuster.

maybe you aren’t sure if you should invest in becoming an independent adjuster. There can be a lot of time and money invested into being an independent adjuster. So I’m going to give you ten things that I thought of that could be signs you are ready to invest in becoming an independent adjuster.

If you are meeting most of the following criteria, then you may be poised to make a run at having a career in independent adjusting.

This episode of the Independent Adjuster Podcast is sponsored by ACD a top independent auto appraisal company. Email them at Network@ACDCorp.com They want to work with you if you have what it takes, but do you? That is the point of this very episode.

1.      You Want to Own Your Own Business

Many people don’t realize it, but as an independent adjuster you are creating your own business. If you don’t have the ambition or want the responsibility of owning a business it could be a big hurdle to overcame in your journey.

You are a 1099 contractor for most companies and that means you are responsible for taxes, accounting, invoicing, revenue, profit, and other not fun words that we must use as business owners.

 

2.      You Have Initiative

Taking initiative and being a self-starter is one of the biggest requirements of being an independent adjuster. You don’t have bosses checking your cubicle every few minutes to make sure you are doing what needs to be done. There isn’t a daily pow wow with the team to check the progress of the project.

Look through your past have you started doing things that needed to be done even if there was no direct monetary gain from the project? If you have the get it done bug you’ll be far more likely to be successful as an independent adjuster.

 

3.      You are Passionate

Enjoying your job is always a good thing, but do you have passion for becoming an adjuster, or do you have passion for any career task that you determine to take on? Being passive and lackluster in attitude and energy can be a recipe for failure.

Starting as an independent adjuster is much like being an entrepreneur, you can’t expect to have overnight success. This can make it financially, mentally, and emotionally difficult to push through the tough times if you aren’t passionate about the career you are pursuing.

 

4.      Your Spouse is Annoyed at How Much You Talk About…

My poor wife has had to endure many career shifts, crazy ideas, and my obsession of whatever I was tackling. There is really no other word that accurately describes what it takes to enter a new and highly competitive industry.

If your spouse is jealous of how much time you are spending on researching, training, & pursuing your career in independent adjusting, you may be on the path to success…… and marriage counseling.

Make sure you buy some roses for the wife or bring a 6 pack home for your husband the next time you have to take a Crash Course class with me, because I won’t be going to counseling…. again. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!

 

5.      You Work Hard

We all think that we are hard workers, but it just isn’t the case. Most of the work force when looked at objectively is giving a slack performance when compared to the superstars of their respective fields.

The people who excel at ____ (fill in the blank job) typically are excelling not because they have a special talent, but because they work harder.

When I worked at Wal-Mart Distribution I was the short, overweight, no muscles 5ft 8 young man, when compared to other workers who appeared to be lifetime members to Golds Gym, I should have been the bottom producer. Yet, I was able to set records in my department because I worked HARDER and SMARTER.

When you determine your own success, you must give it your all and put in the hard work to become the successful independent adjuster you want to become.

 

6.       Won’t Take “No” for an Answer

If you give up easy, then give up now! Becoming an independent adjuster is a challenge and you will hear no or even worse hear nothing many times before you hear, “YES!” or “You are DEPLOYED!”.

With red tape in the insurance industry, long term runaways to getting on rosters, and a lot of training and networking you’ll need to do, it will be a test of your resilience and patience. Get ready for big rewards when you get the “YES!”, but be even more ready to hear no and not accept it.

If you keep hearing no when applying for companies download my 101 Adjusting Rosters by clicking HERE so you can hear no for a long time before your run out of companies to contact.

 

7.      You Love Helping Others

Being an independent adjuster is about helping individuals and families get back on their feet after a traumatic event. Whether they’ve damaged their car or lost their house in a flood, these people need help.

If you haven’t learned to enjoy helping others, then you may NOT enjoy being an independent adjuster. You’ll constantly be looking to shortcut the most important part of your job, connecting with the people involved.

Yes, many people become an IA (independent adjuster) because they want to make money, but if that is all that is driving you then drive yourself onto another career, because you will likely not find success with that motivation.

Don’t believe me? This principle applies to not just adjusting, but to insurance in general. Checkout the articles on INSNerds.com section of “Why I love Insurance” and I’d challenge you to see a single person mentioning money as why they love working in insurance.

 

8.      You Have People Skills

I can imagine an adjuster who sits in a cubicle all day, talks on the phone like those DRY EYES commercials and stamps “Deny” on papers that are placed in front of them, but my imagination and the reality of what it will be like for you as an independent adjuster are incompatible.

Your entire job is based on a single word, “communication.” Which is laughable because I say jokingly I am the worst 1 on 1 communicator on the planet, which is my exaggerated way of saying I still need to work on my skillset.

As an adjuster you must adjust the owner’s expectations by communicating the claims process, you must communicate the damages you observed through an estimate, and you must communicate your thoughts on the entire loss through your summary/appraisal report.

If you don’t get along with people, then they probably won’t get along with you as an independent adjuster.

 

9.      You Have Margin

In a quote from the book Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives, Richard Swenson, M.D. describes margin like this:

“Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.”

If you don’t have margin in your life then a big part of your journey to becoming an IA needs to be learning how to create margin. There is an excellent article by Michael Hyatt on this matter and obviously the book quoted above would be great for you to read as well.

Margin is important as an independent adjuster, because we are dealing with catastrophes on large and small scales and need emotional and mental margin to handle the stress. We are also business owners and a business with no financial margin is a business ready to collapse at the first moment things go wrong. (and they will!)

You will be investing a large chunk of time into training and if you don’t have space in your life it may come crumbling down around you.

 

10.  You Have Computer Skills

This is probably the most intimidating for people, but don’t close the screen and go back to working at your old job just yet. This is the least important of the 10 things listed, but if you already have strong computer skills and are comfortable at a computer you are at a huge advantage.

If you are not computer savvy you can acquire these skills, but you must also have many of the qualities listed above to push through the hard work with passion and not find yourself unable to perform a job due to lack of computer knowledge.

Now I hope that this list helps you better understand what it takes to become a successful independent adjuster and be better prepared for your journey.

If you need help getting started and don’t know what your next step in the journey should be, feel free to schedule a 15-minute Q&A Call with me and I’d be happy to give you custom advice on how to get started. You can schedule a time with me by clicking HERE.

Remember to Claim Your Life & Your Future, It Starts NOW!

Your Guide, Chris Stanley

Aug 10 2018

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Rank #4: IA 142: IA Summit Part 2 - Mathew Allen How to Survive Getting Started

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We continue the celebration of being an IA from our quarterly online seminar, the IA Summit, with Mathew Allen of AdjusterTV.

Matt comes to present "How to Survive Getting Started." He wants to equip you, to be successful as you begin your journey.

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should check out ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Oct 07 2019

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Rank #5: IA 25: 5 Reasons You Won't Make It As a Catastrophic Adjuster

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Listen as Chris shares the 5 reasons catastrophic adjusters don't make it and what you can do to avoid those pitfalls. 

This episode is brought to you by Livegenic "See What the Customer Sees"

See it at IAPath.com/Livegenic

5 Reasons You Won't Make It as a Catastrophic Adjuster

1. You Don't Have Startup Cash

2. You Have Wrong Expectations

3. You are Waiting for the Lottery Ticket

4. You Won't Survive the Valley's

5. You're Not Controlling Your Expenses

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Jan 30 2017

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Rank #6: IA 36: How Long Does It Take To Become a Catastrophic Claims Adjuster and Is It Worth It?

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Hello and welcome to the independent adjuster podcast this is episode 36. I hope you enjoyed the new intro. I feel pumped up and ready to help guide you on the path as an IA

I am asked all the time, can you help me become an IA, tomorrow?

Learn Hail Adjuster by visiting HailScoreCourse.com

Get my Amazon #1 Best Seller Hail Adjusters Playbook Audio version free by visiting HailAdjustersPlaybook.com

  1. Getting Adjuster license (1 month)
    1. 40-hour study
    2. Test
    3. Admin, fingerprints etc
  2. Learn basics of hail adjusting (1 – 2 months)
    1. Auto Basics
    2. Hail damage 101
    3. Estimating system
  3. Sign up for the major 5 companies and attend orientation (1 – 2 months)
    1. Pilot Catastrophe
    2. EA Renfroe
    3. Worley
    4. Eberle
    5. CNC Adjusting
  4. Wait for perfect storm and deployment (1-6 months)

My conclusion is 6 months is needed to properly get trained, licensed, on rosters, and be ready. The hail season starts for March 1st, start getting ready in the summer/fall of the previous year.

5 Takeaways

  1. Start NOW (at least 6 months before the next hail season)
  2. Be ready to spend 6+ months pursuing this part time
  3. Treat this as your business (Because it is)
  4. Don’t just apply for the big 5
  5. Learn the skills needed to earn repeat deployments

Todays sponsor is Badger Mapping

May 30 2017

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Rank #7: IA 141 IA Summit Part 1 of 4 - Chris Stanley on How Hard It Is to Be a Working IA

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This episode is all about how HARD it is to be an IA. In this recorded speech Chris Stanley shares his IA story, failures, succeses, and truths that has never been public before from the IA Path IA Summit on September 24th 2019.

Don't miss part 1 of the IA Summit!

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should check out ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Sep 30 2019

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Rank #8: IA 128: 10 Apps Every IA Should Have on Their Phone

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As modern day Americans, we live and die by our phones, but as independent adjusters what apps should be using to make our job easier and life better?

Chris Stanley runs down 10 apps he believes every IA should have on their phone.

Podcast Sponsor

ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand then you should checkout ACD. Email them at Network@acdcorp.com

Jul 08 2019

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Rank #9: IA 79: 17,732 Adjusters did this one thing

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17,732 adjusters did this one thing...

This is part 2 of a of a special series of 5 podcasts called, “The Top 5 Ways to Get More Catastrophe Work as an Independent Adjuster” and is sponsored by ACD,

It is a BIG number. They all did this one thing... did you? And if you did where does that leave you?

According to the Texas Department of Insurance in 2017 17,732 adjusters received their Texas All Lines license..... (feel free to read that again if you'd like)

Now it is a shocking statistic and I hope you are feeling the weight of those numbers. Did you receive your license in 2017? Maybe you got it in 2016 and you are in front of those 17k other adjusters in terms of seniority, but 2016 was only a little better for you, 13,575 got their license in that year. It's safe to say over 10k adjusters receive a Texas all lines license a year (over 7500 in the first 4 months of 2018!)

Now all of those aren't independent adjusters, but the reality is, everybody and their mother and their school teacher has an adjuster license. It is a tough and painful 40 hours of studying and then a brutal and boring test and you should be proud for getting your adjuster license, but in the catastrophe adjusting world it's par for the course and just the beginning of getting work.

OK now that we know.... you are one of MANY licensed adjusters (in Texas, Florida or Indiana don't get caught up on specifics) we need to have the conversation about how do we stand out from those other 17,000 adjusters who got licensed in Texas last year.

In yesterdays email I promised I would address the question, "How do we prove that we are better money makers?" Remember IA Firms are bringing us in to make money off of us and thus we need to cost less and make them more money so they'll deploy us more so we can make more $$. (It's all about the money it seems)

Insurance companies are the ones dictating how many people may be used for a given catastrophe event and what state they will be working out of. To legally allow you to work for those companies in most states you must have an adjuster license in the state to even be considered for most of the available positions.

Texas is great for hail storms and Houston can have flooding events, but there are many other types of storms around the country that once again we can use to increase our chances of deployment. If you are sitting on JUST A TEXAS/FLORIDA LICENSE you may be sitting at home because there is no reason to consider you for any storm outside of those states.

Yes companies can apply for you to get an emergency license in other states, but that is only if a state of emergency has been declared and that costa the IA Firms time to apply for you and the fee for application, which costs them MORE money.

Remember our goal is to cost LESS. Also, the more IA's they have available in specific states where the catastrophes occur the more spots they may be able to fill.... making them more money.

You are probably tracking with me and where I'm about to go, but for clarity's sake I hope you are seeing this picture and business as a numbers game, because frankly it is. It's all about the numbers and if you want the numbers on your side you need to do the things that'll give you an advantage.

So my #2 Tip for getting more catastrophe work is....

#2 Get More Licenses

I'm sure you are sick of hearing this, but it is a good piece of advice. Now which licenses should you get? Where should you start? Are there states that are more valuable than others?

OF COURSE! We'll talk about which states to get tomorrow and I'll have a third tip for you.

First though I want to challenge you to get 2 new adjuster licenses each month until you get work. Just 1 a month if that is all you can do, it'll help! Michigan is only $12 I think.... OK save that for a rough month!

Most licenses aren't that expensive once you have your first license and it'll serve you for years to come. Once you get your first deployment I'd encourage you to invest money back into getting as many licenses as possible. With $2000 in licenses invested you can be in the 90+% group of adjusters and be with the cream of the crop.

Your Guide, Chris Stanley

P.S. This isn't all there is to getting work, but hey its just the first two tips! Just a quick reminder

#1 - Get on more rosters #2 - Get more licenses

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Jun 19 2018

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Rank #10: IA 101: The Ultimate IA Q&A Part 3

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On today's special edition of the Independent Adjuster Podcast Chris Stanley & Jeremy Shaw (along with 5 special guests) answer the #1 questions listeners have about promoting their business as an independent adjuster. This is part 3 of a 3 part series.

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This episode of the Independent Adjuster Podcast is sponsored by ACD a top independent auto appraisal company. Email them at Network@ACDCorp.com They want to work with you if you have what it takes, but do you?

Oct 29 2018

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Rank #11: IA 26 How Technology is Making Adjusters More Valuable

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Chris talks about how technology is making adjusters more valuable. Many adjusters are unaware of the amazing opportunity right in front of them

Feb 06 2017

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Rank #12: Independent Adjuster Myths That are Killing Your Career

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We all do it, believing in things that aren’t true. As kids, we were told that Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and wrestling were all real. (hope no kids are reading this!) IT WAS A LIE, a myth, a fun thing to believe, but far from the truth.

Today I’d like to quickly bust some myths that you may still believe in as an independent adjuster. These myths, just like good ol Saint Nick, may be holding you back from the truth. Be careful the truth hurts.

Apr 04 2018

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Rank #13: IA 60: "Jayggernaut" and "IA Coder" Heavy Truck Claims Round Table

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Today on the podcast I’m joined by two guests that are here to discuss IA’s and Heavy Truck Claims

Jay Contino has been a guest on the podcast before and has over 20 years in the field writing heavy claims and David Jimenez is a former heavy truck IA and creator of the Truck Writer Estimator software.

Now you’ll hear that David coded this amazing program himself! Completely awesome,

Both of these guests are here to discuss the major changed in the industry and to help us all have a better understanding of heavy equipment claims, how they can benefit us and how to do a better job as IA’s with our heavy truck claims

Today I’m also proud to announce IA Path’s new sponsor ACD

OK now its time to call and to talk with Jay Contino, the Jayggernaut and David Jimenez the “IA Coder”

Name – Dave Jimenez & Jay Contino

Company – Truck Writer Estimator & Bassett Services Inc

Location – TX & NC

Superpower – Heavy Lifting

Contact – Dave Jiminez Website https://twesoftware.com

713-574-7785 Email: dj.truckwriter@gmail.com

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Learn to write heavy truck & trailer claims with IA Path's new course, "Heavy Truck Adjuster's Boot Camp"

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ACD –If you are an IA looking for more work, if you are wanting to diversify where your claims are coming from, and expand what type of claims you are working then you should check out ACD.

Apr 25 2018

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Rank #14: The Day I Lost My Shirt

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A true story and audio article from Chris Stanley about the day his lost his shirt as a catastrophic independent adjuster.

Apr 18 2018

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Rank #15: How to Add Heavy Truck and Trailer Claims to Your Business

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Have you ever felt threatened by our industry changing?

You know as an auto damage appraiser and adjuster with the photo apps, technology and owners taking photos of their own vehicle, its changing, and even eliminating some jobs, it can be scary.

My name is Chris Stanley and I think it’s time we added a new revenue stream to your business, heavy truck and trailer claims.

Apr 23 2018

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Rank #16: IA 30 (Interview) Teacher to Storm Chaser

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Chris interviews Jesse, a veteran teacher turned catastrophic adjuster. Hear how it has changed he and his families life.

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Mar 15 2017

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Rank #17: IA 42: The Independent Truth Behind an Auto Damage Appraiser and Claims Adjuster Salary

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This episode answers the common questions behind the pay of an auto damage appraiser or independent auto claims adjuster.

Today's episode is brought to you by Badger Mapping. Check it out HERE

The Independent Truth Behind an Independent Appraiser or Claims Adjuster Salary

Earning a living, making the cash, bringing home the bacon, and making it rain are all different ways to say, "making money." It's why we do what we do or why we are interested in doing something different.

People want to know before they get involved in a new career, job, or even helping out a buddy, "what will I get paid?"

 In this post I'm going to walk you through the “independent truth about the pay of an auto damage appraiser and independent auto claims adjuster.”

AVG per year of a Claims Adjuster $63,000

The average per year is in the ballpark of sixty-three thousand dollars a year, which is a good income for most adjusters, but this is the average and not where you will start out.

Also. the big thing to realize about being an independent adjuster or auto damage appraiser is that you own your own business. To many adjusters this may be a realization, but it is an essential realization to have. You, as an IA, are a freelancer, and you are payed in the same manner as a freelancer, per piece. There is no salary and no guarantees.

Pay Type – Per File (or per piece)

There are exceptions, such as catastrophic per day pay, but for the most part we are paid on a per file basis. Just like a graphic designer is paid on a per piece or per project basis, independent adjusters and appraisers are paid the same way.

Pay Amount - $20-$80 per file

Currently, the per file basis is on a scale and starts at $20, for photo’s only working for companies like WeGoLook, and goes to $80 working for high end independent auto damage appraiser companies like, IA Net. The responsibilities and expectation raise with the pay. Starting out you can expect to make $20-$60 per file, depending on whether you are completing the industry standard estimate, or just taking photos.

What You Are Getting Paid For

The major tasks you must complete to get paid on a file are,

  • Setting an Appointment with an Owner of a Vehicle
  • Inspecting the Damage Vehicle
    • Driving to the Owners Chosen Location
    • Documenting Damage with Photos (get the Guidelines for Required Photos HERE)
    • Documenting Damage with Notes
  • Create an Industry Standard Estimate using Audatex, CCC One, or Mitchell Software
  • Upload Estimate, Photos, Notes, and Estimate Data to Company Portal
  • Complete Any Revisions or Supplements that May Arise

Supplements are a request from a repair facility for supplemental or additional repair operations and parts that were not included on the first estimate. As an auto damage appraiser you must reconcile these supplement requests and complete a second upload.

Under most circumstances you are not paid for supplements and there are times you must re-inspect a vehicle a second time once it goes to a repair facility due to questionable damages without getting paid.

Delay in Pay

One of the least likeable things about being an IA, is the delay in pay. What you complete in a month, is then typically paid to you on the 15th of the next month. I’ve had worse pay schedules, but that now seems to be the normal pay cycle.

That’s 45 days from first claim to getting paid. If you are working full time during those 45 days it can be a lot of expenses you may need to compensate for.

Some IA companies shorten the pay cycle, but this is the typical pay period. Just be aware that is how this operates.

Pay Hasn’t Changed in Decades

Another bummer is that this industry pay is stagnant. As inflation has skyrocketed in the past 20 or so years, the pay per file and per year has barely risen for the IA, in fact its slid backwards.

The industry pay hasn’t climbed, but the expectations of the tasks that must be completed has gradually risen. With technological changes in the industry, the price will seemingly continue to go down and the skill needed to complete a claim will be easily acquired.

This is a negative and a positive. The big negative is the industry HAS NOT admitted that they need to adjust their expectations. What was once a highly skilled career is now an entry level position.

These factors are chasing out the skilled appraiser’s due to frustration of higher expectations, less pay, more technology, and for some age.

This is a positive for a newcomer, if the industry comes to accept that this is an entry level position (based on the pay) and therefore should be entry level expectations with minimal experience requirements.

The opportunities are immediate and HUGE for newcomers to the scene who can quickly adapt and survive in a changing insurance environment. But the obstacles sometimes feel equally as huge to people who have not acquired any experience.

Is It Worth It? My Numbers and Experience

I have done many different things in auto damage appraising and adjuster, but at the peak of my local claims career I earned over $80,000 doing local claims only.

This was me busting it 5 (possibly 6 days a week) and putting 80,000 miles on vehicle that year. My taxable “income” was less than $40,000 thanks to the mileage and other deductions.

(I’m not good at taxes don’t get advice from me, but I missed a lot of deductions I highly recommend using MileIQ or a similar app for mileage tracking.)

I earned a solid living, running my own appraisal company, fed my family. Was it worth it? I believe it was.

I believe the average income of $60,000 is the right mark, can you get rich by doing local, daily claims? NOPE. Can you have a job and earn a living while enjoying life? YUP.

Obviously, you can do things to increase your income as you get experience, catastrophic adjusting, heavy equipment, property etc. but you can earn $60,000 within a few years of starting your career as an auto damage appraiser.

How I see it, it’s quicker and cheaper than taking four years of college and hoping to find a job. It’s not guaranteed, but it just might be worth for you if it’s something you want to pursue.

That’s my independent truth behind the pay of an auto damage appraiser.

Have more questions? Email me Chris@IAPath.com

Want training on how to do the job I described above? Check out Crash Course, my introduction to auto damage appraising HERE.

Jul 20 2017

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Rank #18: IA 53: "Junior" Interview with Tim Davis Jr. of SCA Appraisal on Handling Hail Catastrophes

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Tim Davis Jr. may be the "Junior" of the SCA Tim's, but he is no junior as an influence on the industry. He is the president of SCA Appraisal Company, one of the largest and long standing appraisal companies in the industry. He has helped SCA scale from being a Southern California regional IA firm to being a nationwide powerhouse.

Hear Tim give the secret sauce to success as an IA and an independent business owner in this podcast. We also dive into how SCA is tackling the major issue of large scale hail catastrophes in 2018.

As an appraiser you don't want to miss this great opportunity SCA is presenting to the best in the biz. Get a peak into the future as we call and talk with Tim Davis Jr.

Name – Tim Davis Jr.

Company – SCA Appraisal Company

Location – Los Angeles, California

Superpower – Regeneration

Contact – twp.davis@sca-appraisal.com,  818-450-2712,  Tim Davis Jr. LinkedIn Profile

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Feb 26 2018

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Rank #19: IA 86: Turncoat - Leaked Secrets of How Staff Adjusters Transition to Independent Adjusting

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On this episode we have a triple agent in our midst. Luis Camacho shares with us how an insurance agent turns staff adjuster, and then can transition to independent adjusting.

Luis is in his first month of being an independent adjuster, but has many years as a staff auto adjuster under his belt. If you have ever wondered if you could transition from staff to independent adjusting then this episode is for you.

Name – Luis Camacho

Company – Cam Claims Services

Location – Amarillo, Texas

Superpower – Attitude

Contact – Luis' LinkedIn Profile

Luis.Camacho.ccs@gmail.com

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Aug 06 2018

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Rank #20: What Adjuster License Should I Get?

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Many independent insurance adjusters are faced with a confusing and important question… “what adjuster license should I get?”

The answer to this question changes quite a bit based on where you live, your goals, the time of year, and if this is your first or fifth adjuster license.

Rest easy, if you are asking the question, “what adjuster license should I get” at any stage in your career I have some custom suggestions just for you.

I’ve created an interactive quiz you can take that will walk you through the entire process below and give your our PDF breakdown or you can listen the rest of this article.

Click HERE to take the online quiz

May 02 2018

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