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Thread: Accident while driving someone elses car...who is responsible?

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    The OP has the right to take it to the repair shop of his choice as long as the owner is good with the repair. He can either do that or pay the $350.

    Personally, I'd take it to a shop myself and fix it before the owner even knew about it.

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    It was in your care and control so that makes you responsible. It seems to me they did you a solid by lending you the car. You should do the same by returning it in as good condition as you got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDJones View Post
    The OP has the right to take it to the repair shop of his choice as long as the owner is good with the repair. He can either do that or pay the $350.

    Personally, I'd take it to a shop myself and fix it before the owner even knew about it.
    I've done that before when I rented vehicles in the islands, and no one is the wiser.

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    Twice I have done it 

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    So someone backed into your front while you were parked and it sustained significant damage? Sure........

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    You should consider yourself lucky the "estimate" wasn't much higher
    only to be negotiated down to a "fair" price with the help of (southy's buddies)
    the local P.N. Next time use a publico. A little uncomfortable at times
    but well worth the inconvenience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    45 to 48 years ago I worked as an insurance adjuster in Minnesota. Long time ago and long distance from the DR, but if we had a person insured we covered any car they drove. But i don't know a thing about laws of such in the DR in the 21st century.
    Maybe nobody does.
    Der Fish
    And I was a sexual advisor in a former life, people kept telling me. "If I want your f*cking advice I'll ask for it"
    Come to think of it I'm still a sexual advisor.........

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    Take your own body shop guy to see the car and get an estimate. If it's significantly less, try to get the owner to agree to let you fix it or negotiage a lower repair price. If that fails, just pay it and consider it a lesson learned. You're not in a good negotiating position. Not worth the hassle of getting an attorney involved IMO.

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    Derfish, no offense , but how many jobs have you had??! 

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    YOU are responsible , Ethically , Morally, and hopefully Legally..
    They LENT you a Car .. period.. the car is worth less now ..
    IF you had your own insurance then maybe they would pay, minus the deductible...
    The guy who took off, dont even waste your time .. but yes THEY would be responsible, if you knew who they were .

    As someone already posted , try to negotiate it down a little, but just pay it.
    $350 anywhere else would not even cover a Scratch and a dent .. In the DR, they can replace a whole bumper with that money.. so i would consider myself Lucky.

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