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Car damaged... who should pay?

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coconuttella Thu 25-May-17 20:00:48

A colleague has a job hat involved driving on occasion to visit clients... Work provide car allowance for her journeys at 45p/mile.

Last week, her car was vandalised on the road outside premises of client. He believes work should pay the £250 excess. Work are saying it's his responsibility as the car allowance should cover all costs relating to the car as the actual cost of petrol is 15-20p/mile. Can see both sides... Any idea on who's in the right?

Ginmakesitallok Thu 25-May-17 20:02:21

She should pay. I don't see why she thinks work should be liable?

NapQueen Thu 25-May-17 20:02:42

He pays. It isnt works fault. Ok so it isnt his fault either but its less the fault of his employer.

NapQueen Thu 25-May-17 20:02:58

Oh her! Sorry not he.

Floralnomad Thu 25-May-17 20:03:51

She should pay , unless she has a written contract that states the company will take responsibility for any damages incurred whilst on company business.

coconuttella Thu 25-May-17 20:03:57

'his' journeys, not 'her' journeys...

Snap8TheCat Thu 25-May-17 20:04:14

Is it a man or woman? I'm confused by your switch of pronouns?

JigglyTuff Thu 25-May-17 20:04:23

It's not the company's fault that he has a £250 excess on his insurance. The 40p/mile is to cover everything I'm afraid

Snap8TheCat Thu 25-May-17 20:04:31

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coconuttella Thu 25-May-17 20:06:52

Sorry, it's a man... silly attempt to change sex at start to try avoid any possible 'outing'.

StillDrivingMeBonkers Thu 25-May-17 20:09:01

Company car, company insurance pays. Company pays the excess. Unless of course its in her contract he/she pays the excess.

coconuttella Thu 25-May-17 20:09:58

It's his car.... company pays mileage allowance to cover costs.

LIZS Thu 25-May-17 20:09:57

Presumably he is insured for work use?

coconuttella Thu 25-May-17 20:11:25

Yes, he's insured for work use, and presumably happy that the mileage allowance would cover this.

StillDrivingMeBonkers Thu 25-May-17 20:11:38

In that case, as he owns he car he pays the excess.

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Thu 25-May-17 20:11:49

In this type of situation - 45p/mile is expected to cover damage. Companies don't pay your excess.

This is exactly why I ended up with a company car - if it's damaged in work time, work pay. On my time, I pay.

So your friend pays.

araiwa Thu 25-May-17 20:12:44

your friend pays

PigletWasPoohsFriend Thu 25-May-17 20:12:48

He should pay.

Plumkettle Thu 25-May-17 20:15:36

Does anyone know the legal position on this, if there is a definitive one that is

araiwa Thu 25-May-17 20:16:17

Does anyone know the legal position on this, if there is a definitive one that is

yes. the friend pays

BritInUS1 Thu 25-May-17 20:16:52

He needs to pay, work are not liable for this

Mari50 Thu 25-May-17 20:16:54

I use my car for business, wouldn't occur to me to charge work should something happen to my car whilst on that business.

coconuttella Thu 25-May-17 20:17:06

I was leaning towards consensus view on here, so good to have views validated. His argument boils down to the fact that his car wouldn't have been damaged had work not required to visit this client, so it's therefore work's responsibility.

AyeAmarok Thu 25-May-17 20:17:45

He pays. Definitely.

araiwa Thu 25-May-17 20:24:45

his car wouldn't have been damaged had work not required to visit this client, so it's therefore work's responsibility.

thats why they pay him 40ppm

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