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
He keeps saying, ''Well, we could just go through insurance.'' I guess I need to
know what I am LEGALLY responsible for. . .