I'm just a curious to see what you would do in this situation. I was reversing out of my carpark today, missed the car behind me, but hit the car parked on the other side, smashing the tail light cover. Awesome!! I left my name and number and a little note apologising. (DH said do a runner, but I'd be cranky if someone did it to me and didn't leave a note!!) Would you ring me to replace your tail light cover? The bulb is in tact, as is the reversing/blinker cover, it's only the brake light cover I smashed. Plus it happened to be a Saab so I'm kicking myself!! I personally don't think I would worry about it but what would you do?
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03-02-2012 15:14 #1Senior Member
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Carpark accident etiquette.
03-02-2012 15:17 #2
If that was all the damage, I think I would just be grateful that you had left your contact details and leave it at that!
03-02-2012 15:20 #3Senior Member
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I don't know. How much would it cost to replace? As that would determine my answer.
03-02-2012 15:20 #4
I'd probably contact you and thank you for your honesty and leaving a note but leave it at that.
MANY others wouldn't be so polite (I've got many a bumps from car parks and sadly - no notes!!)
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03-02-2012 15:21 #5
leave your name and contact details - saying 'sorry I hit your car'
Then leave it up to them to contact you and work it out either through insurance or paying.
DP borrowed his Mum's car the other week while we sold his and someone reversed into it - they left a name and number and it is currently being repaired through their insurance.
It is called 'being responsible'.
03-02-2012 15:25 #6Senior Member
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This reminds me of a note I saw on FB....
"Hi my name is Jack, I accidentally hit your car and somebody saw me so in pretending to write down my insurance details. Sorry."
I'd be fuming but I admit I laughed lol.
03-02-2012 15:41 #7
Someone left a note on my car once saying "I hit your car, but you parked it badly. I've taken photos so insurance will take my side". Also had contact details. Because his note was so a$$holey, I did get it repaired through insurance, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered!
03-02-2012 15:47 #8
You did exactly what I would, it's up to them now.
If it was a pre-2009 Saab they should be able to pick one up for under $150, for a post-2009 probably under $300 (I'm only certain on the pre 2009 though) if they repair it themselves. If they go through the dealership or a mechanic it'll be a bit more.
How much is the excess on your insurance? It's a pain in the butt going through insurance, but it might work out cheaper. If they ring you I'd get them to get a quote, then decide if you're going to do it privately or through insurance.
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03-02-2012 15:47 #9
With the OP, I probably wouldn't bother calling, but a SAAB might need an ordered piece, and custom fitting etc (I wouldn't have a clue). So it could be a couple of hundred. In that case, yes I would call insurance, because I couldn't afford to replace it myself!
03-02-2012 15:53 #10
They took my side. I was parked between the white lines. A little bit wonky, but definitely in the lines. Besides which, he skimmed the front of my car because he was driving too close to the parking bays.
I reckon he had been drinking. He only left a note because there were about 20 people watching him.
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