Legal Question in Consumer Law in Florida

Vehicle Damage

I have a vehicle that was damaged by an auto shipper in a move from FLA to MO. My wife missed the damage when car was dropped off, we noticed it 2 hrs after delivery and immediately contacted shipper. After 3 months od email back and forth how it was almost complete, they now say they will only pay direct to shop for repair. I will not accept since they damaged my car not the shops car. Do I have standing for this claim? Do they have rights to not pay me but the shop?

Asked on 3/25/09, 4:03 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Alan Wagner Wagner, Vaughan & McLaughlin, P.A.

Re: Vehicle Damage

It depends on what your contract says (and your ability to prove that they damaged the car). Having signed the "no damage" receipt, you have a problem, butthe quick call helps. What's wrong with paying the sho? If the shop is a decent shop, why worry about whether you pay them or the company pays them? You want the car fixed, don't you?

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Answered on 3/25/09, 4:20 pm


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