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Old 05-01-06, 09:32 AM
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I had a fender bender in a company vehicle, what should I do?

I scrapped up the side of a company van while on company business. Should I offer to pay the deductible? I really don't have the extra cash right now but I could do it. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-01-06, 09:34 AM
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Do what somebody here did. Blame it on somebody else and lie and say that you never were in the vehicle that day despite everybody in the office knowing that you had used it.
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Old 05-01-06, 09:35 AM
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Let them know, let them decide. If you offer then they'll obviously take you up on it.
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I wouldnt worry about it this much, that's what they have insurance for.
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Old 05-01-06, 09:56 AM
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I had an accident in the company van back when I drove delivery for a laundry company after I graduated HS. I had backed into the parking spot to unload/load the linens at a motel. When I closed the back doors of the van, I did what I always did: I pulled the right door behind me as I headed to the front of the van. Once behind the wheel, I looked out the passenger window and it looked clear to my right, and I couldn't see anything in my rear-view mirror. Instead of pulling straight out then turning right, I just turned right from the parking space. I didn't notice the brand-new Oldsmobile Delta 88 backed into the spot next to me until after I hit it. The van was dark red, the car was white. I put a nice red streak down the left front fender and tore off the corner marker on the Olds. The only damage to the van was the rear bumper was bent back.

I called my boss, he gave me our insurance info, and he instructed me to call the police. I got the name of the car owner from the motel manager, and headed down to let him know what had happened. When I got there, I saw a large guy smoking a cigar behind the Olds. He was wearing a T-shirt that read "I Love Being Italian". I thought, "Great, I hit a mobsters car, I'm dead meat." He was really cool about it, though. The police came and took the report, and I went on the rest of my delivery run.

When I returned to the laundry, my boss came out carrying a sledge hammer. I thought he was going to hit me, but instead he just pounded the bumper back in place, then told me what deliveries to pick up for my next run.

I later found out that at least one driver a year got into an accident. Mine was minor compared to some of the others. A few delivery trucks rolled into the lake, and the worst one was when the curbvan was broadsided by a cattle truck.

What it boils down to is that you should tell them about it, because their insurance will cover it. At my current job, any accident involving a company vehicle requires the driver to get a drug test.
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Its a company van so they should have insurance on it. I would just let them know the outcome probably won't be as bad as you think. Companies that provide company vehicles know this kind of stuff can or will happen.
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Old 05-01-06, 11:02 AM
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It's all part of the 'cost of doing business.' Your employer should pick up the bill. If they have a company car, they have likely budgeted for this sort of thing.
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Old 05-01-06, 11:27 AM
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In drivers ed one of my friends totaled the car by running into a fast food sign. The school picked up the entire tab. Follow his example, admit you were driving (but don't admit fault right away) and let the company insurance deal with it. Whatever you do, don't offer to pay anything. Afterall, that is what the insurance is for (or at least thats what they tell me).
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Old 05-01-06, 11:33 AM
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How big a company is it? If it's any significant size (I.E. several vehicles not just one) their insurance is probably different than personal auto insurance anyway. They may not have a deductible, or it could be several thousand dollars or something.

Anyway no, you shouldn't pay anything. It was part of your job to drive that day and even if you were directly at fault, the response from the company should be to fire you, not to make you pay for part of it.
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Drive it into the local river and collect the insurance! Quick, quick! Before your boss reads this.
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Old 05-01-06, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by reich17
I scrapped up the side of a company van while on company business. Should I offer to pay the deductible? I really don't have the extra cash right now but I could do it. Any thoughts?
I backed a company van into a car several years ago. Small company, but the president said, "Things happen" and the insurance took care of it.
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Old 05-01-06, 03:21 PM
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Just be thankful it didn't catch on fire while you were looking for a "shortcut" with several thousand dollars worth a company equipment, a keg of beer, and boxes of ammo like what happened to one of my former coworkers recently.
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Old 05-01-06, 03:40 PM
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I know at the shop I work at, I've scraped a few parts. I've probably setup 1000 of these barrels by now, sometimes mistakes happen and I have scraped 7 or 8 by now. My BOss just says its part of production jobs, and is accounted for. All is well
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Old 05-01-06, 04:25 PM
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Blame it on the new guy that doesnt speak English.
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Old 05-01-06, 04:38 PM
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No big deal, crap happens on the job, just hope this didn't happen while you were doing something you weren't supposed to be doing, and I guess be glad you didn't get a ticket.

Getting a ticket while driving on the job blows, got one last year...
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I had a $2000 company laptop stolen out of my car last year. The company took the loss and bought me a new laptop, even though they have insurance to cover these losses. Only thing was, the deductible on the stolen laptop was $1000, so they opted to buy a new one.
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It's an accident, they'll understand. What you SHOULD DO is hide the car, then tear off a few pieces like the head rest and bumper, singe your clothes in an oven, walk back to work saying the car burst into flames and the head rest and bumper was all that you could save, then burst into tears.
Insurance pays for a new car and you just reinstall the head rest and bumper in your spare time.
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Old 05-02-06, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
It's an accident, they'll understand. What you SHOULD DO is hide the car, then tear off a few pieces like the head rest and bumper, singe your clothes in an oven, walk back to work saying the car burst into flames and the head rest and bumper was all that you could save, then burst into tears.
Insurance pays for a new car and you just reinstall the head rest and bumper in your spare time.
You know somebody is going to think something is up owhen you try to reinstall the head rest and bumper
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