Golebiewski v. Carroll
A court can award damages for loss of market value to an individual whose motor vehicle was damaged in a motor-vehicle accident. On May 1, 2012, the defendant allegedly rear-ended the plaintiff's motor vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Highlander. The defendant's insurance company paid $11,484 to repair the Toyota. The plaintiff apparently maintained that the costs of repair were insufficient to compensate for damages and requested additional damages in the amount of $9,535, for loss of market value. In Littlejohn v. Elionsky, a 1944 decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court wrote, "And when the property injured may be repaired, if the repairs will substantially restore the property to its former condition, the cost of such repairs will ordinarily furnish proper proof of the loss." Here, the court found that although there were damages beyond the costs of repairs, the plaintiff's request for $9,535 was conjectural. The court granted judgment to the plaintiff in the amount of $3,500.