make an insurance claim

(31 Posts)
tiredandhungryalways Fri 12-Feb-16 17:14:58

A neighbour reversed into my parked car damaged one side quite badly and would prefer to pay for it themselves. The cost at an insurer recommended garage is 2000.00 and they are now offering to ask a different garage to repair it, a friend of theirs. I am not sure if damage is just cosmetic or mechanical as well I am inclined to think both. Should I just make an insurance claim even though their premium will be affected? I feel it's a silly question but the driver was crying and I feel so sorry for her having been in that position in the past. My worry is if we go with their choice of garage and the work is not done properly we won't have a leg to stand on. What to do?

AliceInUnderpants Fri 12-Feb-16 17:16:24

Yep assuming she has insurance, absolutely claim.

Bluecheese22 Fri 12-Feb-16 17:17:46

Claim! That's what insurance is for!

Littleallovertheshop Fri 12-Feb-16 17:19:43

Totally understandable to feel bad, but go with the insurance claim. You might also find you get a courtesy car from your own insurer as it's no fault as well. These things happen, it's what insurance is there for.

I wouldn't go with her friends garage either as it may invalidate things like warranties on your car.

tiredandhungryalways Fri 12-Feb-16 17:20:28

Do you think we should let their friend look at the car? He is due to come around tomorrow night?

Bailey101 Fri 12-Feb-16 17:20:31

Do it all properly and through the insurance. You'll need to notify you're insurance anyway and if it's a newish car, then it might effect the resale value or warranty if the repairs are done by anyone other then an approved garage.

If it's a mates rates job, then you could end up having no come back if the repairs aren't done well or if there's more work needed than anticipated.

It's a shame for your neighbour, but that's what insurance is for.

Bailey101 Fri 12-Feb-16 17:21:23

I wouldn't let the mate look at the car - you'd be best doing everything officially from now on.

tiredandhungryalways Fri 12-Feb-16 17:22:09

Yes that's the second thing we will need a car as we only have one which insurer will provide. This is going to sound lame but how do we go about telling them we are going through insurance? Hate confrontation!

Oysterbabe Fri 12-Feb-16 17:24:12

Claim. She can always pay off your insurer herself to protect her premium but it will be $$$$

tiredandhungryalways Fri 12-Feb-16 17:24:38

My husband thinks we should go through insurance too, I was hoping not to tbh but looks like we will be. It's not a new car a 59 plate but my biggest worry is what pp said, if anything goes wrong later we will have to pay ourselves. I'm going to be a wimp and let my husband speak to them blush

Bailey101 Fri 12-Feb-16 17:26:39

Just tell her that you've notified your insurance, as your policy stipulates you must, and that they've decided to claim from her insurance. Pass the blame onto them, they won't care grin

m0therofdragons Fri 12-Feb-16 17:26:52

Dh had this and we were suckers and went along with it. Missed out on a courtesy car so had to struggle for 3 days with no car which is hard with 3dc. Never again.

Catphrase Fri 12-Feb-16 17:28:55

Id tell her the insurance are already dealing with it as they already know (even if she pays to fix it via her mate, you will still need to declare it at quote time as presumably they already know).
She can pay the insurance directly if she doesn't want it to go through hers. She will also deal with the insurance rather than you, so it won't be you dealing with it IYKWIM.
To be honest i know a lot of 'back street' garage bodyshops and they do a better job than the insurer ones, but that doesn't mean her mate is one of those!!!
Let it go through the insurance, its up to her if she pays them directly or lets her insurance pay. But it gets yours fixed, back on the road and you a courtesy car for the interim. The rest is for her to deal with

specialsubject Fri 12-Feb-16 17:32:47

tell your insurers, that's what you pay for.

she's done something stupid and so has to suffer the consequences. Ignore blubbering. No need to be anything other than polite but she needs to suck it up like an adult.

Bailey101 Fri 12-Feb-16 17:33:00

Also, now that your insurance know, even if she does pay for it herself she'll still have to declare it come renewal time. Her premiums are likely to go up either way.

britbat23 Fri 12-Feb-16 17:40:59

If she did £2,000 worth of damage by reversing into your stationary car then she is an incompetent driver and deserves her insurance premium to go up. But that's by-the-by.

She should be financially disadvantaged by her own carelessness and she's pretty brazen to ask you to take on the risk (?dodgy garage) and the inconvenience of not going the insurance route (no courtesy car for you!) just to save HER a few bob.

The brass neck of some people: she crashes into your car and now she wants you to make HER life easier.

tiredandhungryalways Fri 12-Feb-16 17:45:09

Insurance it is, but the car is only worth 4500 so I'm confused why the garage are charging 2000 to replace a car door? Very odd

araiba Fri 12-Feb-16 17:47:25

contact her insurer directly

they will want to sort it it out quickly and will give you a temp car

DadDadDad Fri 12-Feb-16 17:48:23

Because the car door is new, they don't take it off an existing old car worth £4500!

That's why you can get into write-off territory: a car that could probably be repaired is written off because the repairs cost more than the replacement value of the car.

tiredandhungryalways Fri 12-Feb-16 17:50:03

Ah daddad that would make sense!

britbat23 Fri 12-Feb-16 17:51:56

tired some garages charge vastly over-inflated rates for jobs, and perhaps this is especially the case if they think an insurer will pick up the bill but since you aren't liable for the cost of replacing this door, it's really not worth worrying about.

The difference in cost between garages can also be down to the difference between sourcing a brand new door and getting one from the scrapheap; maybe your car has an unusual paint colour that needs to be matched; maybe locks will need to be changed; if there are airbags in the door they will need to be armed, etc. Car doors are complicated and safety-critical.

(PS have you received confirmation of this cost directly from the garage or from the woman who's trying to persuade you to not to tell her insurance?)

tiredandhungryalways Fri 12-Feb-16 17:54:06

It was the garage the insurer recommended that said it would cost 2000 at least he did mention probably up to 3000!

pudcat Fri 12-Feb-16 17:54:08

You contact your insurer not hers. If you do not tell your insurer you might invalidate your insurance if you have an accident later.

araiba Fri 12-Feb-16 17:58:29

You contact your insurer not hers. If you do not tell your insurer you might invalidate your insurance if you have an accident later.

this is wrong

AppleCrumbled Fri 12-Feb-16 17:59:16

Even if you were not at fault I think your insurance premiums would be affected at next renewal according to the confused link below; data shows you are now more likely to be in another accident having been in one, also if it's on your small print, by not reporting an accident you could cancel your insurance.

http://www.confused.com/car-insurance/articles/car-insurance-traps-to-avoid

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-3052191/How-drivers-insurance-costs-soar-no-fault-accidents-don-t-claim.html

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