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Asked on: 11/21/05, 2:24 pm

paint scratch liability

Help. I scratched a neighbor's truck (I left 2 six inch scrapes) with my side

view mirror last month while pulling out of a tight parking spot. I called and

told him to come down and look at it.

The truck was completely scratched from before as well. I mean, really bad

condition. It already needed to be repainted. It had dings and dents, all over

the truck, in the bed, and even on the panel I scratched.

He said, ''Wow, looks like it's going to need to be repainted.''

So he got an estimate: $199 for the panel, $329 for the whole truck. Now he

wants CASH ($199) to go paint the truck. He is having the whole thing

painted! I am not dumb enough to give him cash, but even if I reimburse, do I

reimburse $199 (meaning I pay for over half the paint job of the entire truck)

or the percentage I damaged (if 8 panels on the truck, one-eighth of the total

cost)?

He keeps saying, ''Well, we could just go through insurance.'' I guess I need to

know what I am LEGALLY responsible for. . .

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