I was Hit/Run, I found culprit car! How to locate registered owner? (WA)
May 22, 2014 8:25 PM Subscribe
About three weeks ago my parked car was hit and run in the middle of the night (~$550 damage, I did not file a police report). I found the car that did it!
posted by reeddavid to Law & Government (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
- A neighbor left a note to say he heard it and looked and could identify the make/model/color
- The culprit left their hubcap at the scene and I have it
- I found the matching car at a nearby address: make/model/color matches, damage matches exactly, missing one hubcap, other three hubcaps match the hubcap I have
I'd like to recover the money I spent on repairs. I will probably leave a letter on the car itself with the evidence I have and a record of my actual monetary damages. I'm going to include my address and ask that they mail reimbursement within a certain timeframe. I will also let them know that I'll pursue more formal processes if they don't send reimbursement.
My next step would be to send a certified letter to the vehicle's registered owner.
How to I identify a vehicle's registered owner in Washington State?
I'm willing to pay a fee for this (which I'll include in any damages). I'll then send a certified letter requesting reimbursement (again within a specific timeframe) and escalate to small claims court if necessary.
Any advice on where to buy this data? I've read that Lexis Nexis has a product that does this but it doesn't seem accessible to me for one-off searches.