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Depending on the catastrophe activity and incidence of vehicular accidents, a large insurer may process an excess of 100,000 total loss auto claims in a given year. This translates to a six-digit opportunity to recoup a portion of claims payouts while fostering good will with customers.

From the perspective of a total loss, the assignment of salvage must be made as early as possible, preferably at FNOL. This, of course, requires the insurer to swiftly categorize the vehicle as a total loss after weighing factors such as the age of the vehicle and extent of damage inflicted.

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