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How to Become an Auto Damage Appraiser in North Carolina

If you want to become an auto damage appraiser in North Carolina… this post is for you. Below I’ll give a quick summary then dive deeper into the steps needed to become an auto damage appraiser in North Carolina.

 License Required? – Yes
Cost: $169.00 (License Fee – $75.00 + Registration fee – $50.00 + Application Fee – $44.00)
Test Required: No
Estimated Time to Obtain: 1 Week

 

 Below you’ll find step by step instructions, links, and even companies you can contact when you are ready to become licensed. These instructions are detailed instructions for becoming an independent auto damage appraiser, a subcontractor that owns your own appraisal business. If you are looking for instructions to become a staff auto damage appraiser that works at an insurance company click HERE for my Ultimate Guide to Becoming and Auto Damage Appraiser in 2019 where you’ll find links to help you out with that.

Let’s begin.

Two Guys Sitting Down to Create a Business

Phase 1: Create Your Auto Damage Appraising Company

Most companies that will assign you work will require that you be a business… not just an individual. This is due to independent auto damage appraisers being 1099 contractors and NOT W-2 employees.

It doesn’t take long to set up your business, but there is an order to it, and if you need help establishing your appraisal business you can check out my “Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Auto Damage Appraiser in 2019” for a complete walkthrough and steps to accomplish creating your business.

The major steps in this Phase of your business are,

  • Get an Appraisers License
  • Start Auto Training
  • Obtain Your EIN
  • Establish Your LLC
  • Open a Bank Account
  • Get Proper Insurance
  • MILESTONE: Open for Business!

 

Obtain Your North Carolina Appraisers License

One of the steps to creating your auto damage appraising company is to be legally licensed to handle auto damage claims as a North Carolina Auto Damage Appraiser

North Carolina requires you to hold a “Motor Vehicle Damage Appraiser’s License.” The best part about this license is as of this writing NO TEST IS REQUIRED TO OBTAIN.

You pay your fee, and after passing a background test, North Carolina will issue you the appraiser’s license.

 

NC Appraisers License (Motor Vehicle Damage Appraiser License)

Cost: $169.00 (License Fee – $75.00 + Registration fee – $50.00 + Application Fee – $44.00)
Test Required: No
Estimated Time to Obtain: 1 Week

Apply for your North Carolina Auto Damage Appraisers License HERE

North Carolina Motor Vehicle Damage Appraisers License Cost

Once you have obtained your license and completed all the steps to set up your business, including training, you’ll now be officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

If you need help with those steps, check out my “Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Auto Damage Appraiser in 2019.”

 

Phase 2 Promote Your Auto Damage Appraisal Business

Phase 2: Promote Your Appraising Business

The second phase of creating your auto damage appraising business is to promote your new business.

The biggest mistake most people make when becoming an independent auto damage appraiser or adjuster is that they believe companies will instantly give them work…. However, like opening up any new business, you need to let your future customers know that you can provide a valuable service for them.

You can get full detailed instructions of how to promote your new business in the “Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Auto Damage Appraiser in 2019” or in either of my Amazon #1 Bestselling books, Independent Adjuster’s Playbook or the Networking Adjuster’s Playbook.

The steps in this phase are,

  • Get Software Training
  • Set Up Your LinkedIn Profile
  • Create Your Resumé
  • Photo Rosters
  • Get on 4 Daily Rosters
  • Purchase Software
  • MILESTONE – Get Your First Claim!

 

Nationwide IA Firms

 

  • SCA Claims – sca.claims
  • ACD – acdcorp.com
  • Bassett Services Inc – bassetservices.com
  • QA Claims – qaclaims.com
  • IA Net – ianetwork.net
  • Nationwide Appraisals – nationwideappraisals.net
  • Primeco Claims – primecoclaims.com
  • U.S. Adjusting Services – www.usadjustingservices.net
  • Telaclaims – telaclaims.com

 

 

2 Key Elements to Becoming a Successful Auto Damage Appraiser

Becoming a licensed appraiser is only a small part of the battle to becoming a successful North Carolina auto damage appraiser.

Just because you are licensed doesn’t ensure you will get work or be able to complete that work. The most important things to breaking into this industry are getting proper training and networking.

The training is important because you MUST know how to do your job as a skillful auto damage appraiser BEFORE anyone will give you work.

Networking is important because getting started is many times all about whom you know and how you connect to people. Most companies expect you to have 3-5 years of experience before they’ll take a chance on you…. Moreover, that is the biggest hurdle to getting started in this industry as an independent auto damage appraiser

If you need help with getting trained, check out our online training called the Auto Adjuster’s Path, a series of courses, designed to get you ready and certified as being competent in our industry.

Seventeen companies currently recognize our certification and waive the 3-5 year experience requirement. Upon graduation, I vouch for you and connect you directly to these leading companies across the nation.

Next Steps

As a recap the steps to getting started as an independent auto damage appraiser in North Carolina is,

  • Get an Appraisers License
  • Start Auto Training
  • Obtain Your EIN
  • Establish Your LLC
  • Open a Bank Account
  • Get Proper Insurance
  • MILESTONE: Open for Business!
  • Get Software Training
  • Set Up Your LinkedIn Profile
  • Create Your Resumé
  • Photo Rosters
  • Get on 4 Daily Rosters
  • Purchase Software
  • MILESTONE – Get Your First Claim!

If you feel lonely on your journey, check out our IA Path Community. Over 300 IA’s who are journeying on their path to freedom as an IA.

You can take a look at our community at IAPath.Community.

Your Guide,

Chris Stanley

P.S. Don’t forget if you need more detailed instructions on how to do the steps listed above check out our more detailed post “Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Auto Damage Appraiser in 2019.”

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