And then there's the downside of assigned parking...
March 22, 2014 10:11 PM Subscribe
My apartment building has assigned parking spaces. My parking neighbor (though not my actual neighbor in the building, for weird reasons) left a large, very noticeable scratch on my front quarterpanel last night or today, complete with paint transfer matching his vehicle. How do I resolve this in a way that feels fair to me but averts major bad blood? Snowflakes on their side of the line inside.
posted by TwoStride to Human Relations (27 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So I am 99.9% sure that my neighbor did this, what with the paint matching the car parked in his spot (though it's a different vehicle than the one that he usually drives, but further circumstantial evidence is that I saw that vehicle in the lot at our local grocer last night, and him inside). No damage when I left my car last night (and because his vehicle was different I left him a ton of room); scratch when I came out this morning, and he was already gone. There's no dent but it's a series of very deep scratches running about 3"-4" down the panel. I left a brief and friendly note under his door with my apt # and phone # and asked him to discuss it with me. No response from him. I went and knocked on his door when I saw the car back later in the day; no one answered. Other neighbors have confirmed that he is around, so it's clear that he's ignoring me. What do I do? Ideally I'd like 3 things: for him to be more considerate in the future; for him to offer to pay for the $15 tub of touch-up paint I can buy on Amazon and the buffing/application at a local detailer; for this to not blow up in my face because we're stuck parking next to each other until one of us moves out of the building. What are my chances? I'm in MA, if that matters.