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Car hit in parking lot. Person left note...what would you do?

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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Car hit in parking lot. Person left note...what would you do?

Here is what happened. My fiance has a car she leaves at work. She does title work for a law firm so she drives alot for title searches. Someone backed into her car in the parking lot over the weekend. The owner left a note. Must be a young girl because she said to call her dad and left a number. I call him, he didnt know about it...was kind of a jerk which pissed me off right away as i was being completely calm with him as i was happy they did leave a note, and i told him that. He tells me to go get an estimate and call him back.

Heres the situation though. I got the estimate, $400 for paint and labor. I feel bad raking this guy for $400 because the car is a 96 Accord and the paint is in bad shape to begin with. Not rust, just sun fade. Body wise its in fine shape. In reality we probably wont get it fixed as its just a work car and she will drive it until it starts to have issues and then buy a new (used) car for work to save miles on her regular vehicle. Still, when it comes time to sell, the scrape and gouge on the bumper wont help resale...so the $ from him would make up for that. Other than the guy being a jerk on the phone i feel bad about this. I contemplated telling him look, give us $200 for the damage and call it even. But im afraid then he'll get pissed when he figures we arent getting it fixed.

What would you do? Forget it all together? Send him the estimate and pocket the $400? Get it fixed for $400? Discuss the lower $ option with guy and settle for something for the damage and not get fixed?

She works for a law firm...it is not illegal to pocket the money regardless whether he pays or his insurance pays. So, save the negative comments about thinking of pocketing the cash!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:46 AM   #2
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If i were the guy, i'd tell you to get an estimate, get it repaired, and i'll pay the bill.

otherwise go through your insurance.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:49 AM   #3
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If i were the guy, i'd tell you to get an estimate, get it repaired, and i'll pay the bill.

otherwise go through your insurance.
And i am supposed to trust that the guy is going to pay the bill after its fixed? no thanks.

If he wants to go through insurance im all for it. But he doesnt.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:51 AM   #4
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Go through your insurance. Sounds to me like he or his daughter might not have insurance.

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If i were the guy, i'd tell you to get an estimate, get it repaired, and i'll pay the bill.

otherwise go through your insurance.
Legally he doesn't get that choice. Make him file a claim and he will be paying every month.....or he can pay you now, his choice. If he doesn't have insurance, you can take him to small claims court or he can pay you now, again his choice.

You shouldn't feel bad.....do you think the jerk would?


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If you don't want to deal with it at all, just turn it over to your Ins. company with the information you have. It can be filed under comprehensive and or uninsured motorist for the damage and your Ins. company will do all the work perusing restitution.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:53 AM   #7
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Legally he doesn't get that choice. Make him file a claim and he will be paying every month.....or he can pay you now, his choice.

You shouldn't feel bad.....do you think the jerk would?


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Exactly. Stop worrying about hurting some guys feelings. It's not your fault his kid can't drive.

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I would make him pay and keep the money.
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And i am supposed to trust that the guy is going to pay the bill after its fixed? no thanks.

If he wants to go through insurance im all for it. But he doesnt.
I had a little different situation than yours because my truck was in mint condition, but this part was the same. The guy gouged my trucks tailgate and told me he'd pay whatever it cost to replace and paint it but didn't want to go through insurance. I searched around for the best quote for him from a reputable shop, and we met at the shop where the bill was put into his name.

Then again this guy was a super nice dude. He just didn't want to go through insurance because it happened with his truck he uses for his business.
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Go through your insurance. Sounds to me like he or his daughter might not have insurance.

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Why should i go through my insurance? The guy has the right to go through his insurance. They would either send an adjuster and cut me a check, or take the written estimate and pay the body shop directly. I would be fine with either. But im guessing this is below his deductible anyway so he doesnt want to involve insurance and risk higher premiums. I am guessing he is insured...he owns a small construction company. Hes not a deadbeat. Just a jerk apparently.
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