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!