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Minor Road Rage aftermath question?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:21 pm 
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What are the legal ramifications if I dented another person's car with my fists (not my car)?

I was arrested, but *not* charged by the police. i.e. there's an arrest record on file with local police, but no ticket, no court date, etc.

I checked with the police a few days after the incident, and they told me that at this point, legally, I'm in the clear. I was "released unconditionally" at the time of the incident. That is, I won't see the police again for this situation.

They (the other side) is asking for $3000 to replace-and-repaint the hood; but it was a dealer-estimate; not an actual receipt for services-rendered / repair done. I checked with a couple of dent-removal specialists (with some pictures) and they all verbally quoted under-1k for the work (of course verbally, they all said it would be better if they could see the damage first-hand). It's hand-on-metal damage, so there's no paint scratches or some such. One of them even suggested they may be able to heat up the metal a bit and just pop the dent out... But they all uniformly said it wasn't a $3000 repair...

I was advised not to just hand over cash / cheque, as any receipt I obtained from the other side wouldn't be legally binding, and they could come back and claim I didn't pay them (i.e. end up paying twice). This part makes sense.

I understand that the other party can take me to small claims court for the damages, if so desired (it's a really shallow dent caused by one fist). Is this their only legal option if I refuse to agree to their terms to "hand over the cash"?


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You're talking criminal and civil issues here. It's somewhat out of the realm of the forum.

As for the estimate, your thoughts and opinions are pretty common among individuals who foot the bill. That being said, they couldn't be more wrong. You don't have the luxury of picking and choosing where someone gets their vehicle repaired. If they want to go through a dealer, tough luck. They are not required to go to Johnny Dent because he quoted you $300 based on pictures. They'll just contact their insurance and be done with it. The provider will ask that a police report be filed (it was) and they'll deal with the rest. It's likely they'll look to recoup their costs with the provided information.


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You're talking criminal and civil issues here. It's somewhat out of the realm of the forum.

As for the estimate, your thoughts and opinions are pretty common among individuals who foot the bill. That being said, they couldn't be more wrong. You don't have the luxury of picking and choosing where someone gets their vehicle repaired. If they want to go through a dealer, tough luck. They are not required to go to Johnny Dent because he quoted you $300 based on pictures. They'll just contact their insurance and be done with it. The provider will ask that a police report be filed (it was) and they'll deal with the rest. It's likely they'll look to recoup their costs with the provided information.



Thanks for the quick reply. Sorry for posting out-of-realm; just one of those bugging questions. I'll double-check with a lawyer :).


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