As used in this Section the following terms shall be construed as follows:

(1) "After market part" means a part made by a nonoriginal manufacturer.
(2) "Claimant" means a first-party or third-party claimant.

(3) "Diminution in Fair Market Value," as that term is used in G.S. 20-279.21, means the difference in
the fair market value of the vehicle immediately before the accident and after any repairs made to
the vehicle as a result of the accident have been completed.


(4) "Disinterested appraiser," as that term is used in G.S. 20-279.21, means a motor vehicle damage
appraiser who:
(a) Is not employed by either the claimant or the insurer;
(b) Has no financial interest in the outcome of the appraisal; and
(c) Did not participate in the original appraisal.


(5) "First-Party Claimant" means a person that is making a claim on an insurance policy in which they
are the insured party.
(6) "Insurer" means as defined in G.S. 58-1-5(3), and includes any person authorized by the insurer to
represent the insurer with respect to a claim and who is acting within the scope of the person's
(7) "Nonoriginal manufacturer" means any manufacturer other than the original manufacturer of a
(8) "Part" means a component of a motor vehicle.
(9) "Third-Party Claimant" means a person that is making a claim on an insurance policy in which
they are not the insured party.
History Note: Authority G.S. 20-279.2; 20-279.21; 58-2-40;
Eff. April 1, 1989;
Readopted Eff. October 1, 2020.

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