My wife was attempting to park at the grocery store last week. Crowded lot with only a few slots available. She chose to try a space partially encroached upon by an old beat up '93 Toyota 4Runner and she caught the trucks driverside rear bumper with her bumper.
(Taken yesterday on a crappy cell phone, sorry about the quality.)
She wrote a note with her cell and home phone and left it under the wiper then went into the store and had the owner paged and after awhile (she was in the checkout lane) the owner shows up.
They went out to look at the damage and at the time the owner says not to worry about it. Now this car is pretty beat up already, the front bumper is a shallow "V" from some previous encounter with a pole, the other side of the rear bumper is pushed way in, there are numerous dents and scratches. Bluebook trade-in value on one of these in fair condition is $575.
Yesterday we get a phone call and now the person wants to get an estimate for the repair of the rear bumper and wants us to pay the amount the repair would cost to them in cash.
I met with the person and was prepared to offer them $200 in compensation for the damage to the vehicle. Never had a chance to offer the amount I thought was a generous compensation for the damage to the car. This person says that they're going to get two estimates and I'll pay the amount of the lower.
I replied no, I'll pay that amount to the repair shop for a repair.
Am I wrong? I am not going to have that old car used as a profit center.
I told them if they don't want the vehicle repaired and they want money I'll meet them in court.
What do you say?