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Auto Claim and Collision Repair issues including quality and thoroughness of repair, Diminished Value, Total Loss settlement valuation, Appraisal Clause matters, Expert Testimony, pre-purchase inspections and others. While having been a Senior Claims Adjuster, I am not licensed to practice law and cannot provide legal counsel. I will provide replies as friendly and informal advice based upon my experiences and those of our clients as possible. For more information on our offerings please visit For more informatin on our offerings please visit

Experience in the area

I grew up working in a family owned auto body repair business my father owned and operated in Alaska and after leaving the US Air Force I started my own repair facility in Florida. I later became a senior claims adjuster for a national auto insurer and later managed two GM dealership collision centers. I started another shop which was recognized as a "Top Shop" in central Florida for over 15 years winning numerous local accolades and awards such as Business of the Year. In 2001 I developed Auto Damage Experts to provide its services nation wide and to all segments illustrating balance and equity for all ADE clients. For more information please visit


ASA (Automotive Service Association), SCRS, CCRE and others... For more information please request CV or visit


Local and national publications including but not limited to Auto Body Repair News (ABRN), Body Shop Business (BSB) and others. For more information please request CV or visit


ASE Master Certified in collision repair/refinishing including damage diagnosis and estimating. Please request CV or visit

Awards and Honors

As a quality Collision Repair facility owner, we received Top shop, Small Business of the year and other awards and accolades. Please request CV for additional information in this regard.

Past/Present Clients

ADE provides services to all segments including Legal professionals, Consumers, Auto Dealers, Insurers, Governmental and judicial entities. For more information please request CV or visit

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kebhisha02/15/17101010thanks much..I appreciate your response!
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Recent Answers from Barrett Smith

2017-02-13 rental reimbursement:

Thank you for your question Lany!    First of all I am not an attorney nor any longer a licensed claims adjuster so what I state is not to be construed as legal advice but only my knowledge and recommendations

2017-01-27 auto insurance claim:

Thank you for your question Kebhesha.   I am not an attorney and as such I can't offer you legal advice but I can lend you my thoughts as a past claims adjuster who investigated many similar claims.  

2016-02-21 Finance Corp Taking DV Proceeds:

Glenda,    Thank you for your question.    I have yet to run into this and it indeed brings up an interesting question but one which I can only address in a non-legal manner as this will likely call for

2016-01-27 Rear Bumper Damage:

You're welcome;    1. The written admission of liability should be from the at-fault driver who caused the damages.    2.You can have the driver write it out or it can be typed out and provided to them

2016-01-24 Total Loss claim settlement:

Kathie,    Thank you for your question;  While I am not an attorney nor any longer a licensed claims adjuster, I cannot provide you legal advice but I can share with you my 35 years of experience and what


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