Our relatively young car (~1 yr) has collected a bit of damage over the past year. One bit of damage is a dent which is starting to rust, so it needs to be dealt with in a body shop. The dent was not our fault, but the result of a parking gate that closed early. We also scratched the car elsewhere in a few places. Those scratches are substantial and our fault, and they also require professional work. We would like to know if making an insurance claim is an option or if we must (or should) pay on our own. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 29, 2014 -
I recently got some very small scratches on my car. What is the best thing to do about them?? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis
on Mar 26, 2014 -
My car was hit while parked on the street. No witnesses, but I suspect a snow plow. I have no experience with body damage - what am I looking at? [more inside]
posted by analog
on Jan 14, 2012 -
Someone hit my car while it was parked and damaged the bumper, which was already damaged before she hit it. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by JustDerek
on Sep 25, 2011 -
A car rental agency in Hawaii wants $400 for damage we have no proof we actually did. [more inside]
posted by medea42
on Mar 26, 2010 -
Sometime last night someone severely scraped the side of my car while is was parked at my apartment complex. They left no note. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn
on Sep 12, 2009 -
I'm the owner of a 2002 Toyota Corolla which just hit 107,000 miles. On June 9th while I was at work, my car got hammered by some pretty large hail. The damage was enough that my insurance (Progressive) declared it a total loss. My frugal heart couldn't bear to have them tow away a perfectly drivable car, so I took the lesser payout (just under $5000) and kept it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by weathergal
on Jul 1, 2009 -
My parked car got hit by a truck. Then, before I could get it fixed, it got hit by another truck. How do I handle two claims at once? [more inside]
posted by fermion
on Mar 6, 2009 -
Need some car help!
It snowed. The snow eventually turned into ice. Snow and ice piled up on the roads. I drove over the snow and ice.
Now, some part of my car broke and its hanging from underneath the car, and when I drive, it is getting dragged around. What to do?
More details and pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by veol
on Jan 6, 2009 -
My car has a few dings in it from a hailstorm last night. Should I file a claim with my insurance? [more inside]
posted by stovenator
on May 15, 2008 -
Could driving with the parking brake on rapidly wear out or destroy the brakes on a car? [more inside]
posted by Dasein
on Oct 19, 2007 -
I live in Pennsylvania (yeah, I know).
My wife was in her car, stopped in front of a retirement building. A woman was moving her mother out of the building at the time when a dresser fell on the hood of my wife's car. The car has a dent. I got an estimate from a body shop. The woman gave my wife a phone number and an address. There was a witness (the building maintenance guy). The estimate seems accurate but is expensive. I'm concerned that the woman might get pissed off and try to do the typically American thing and deny it happened, refuse to acknowledge, refuse to pay, etc., etc.
Is this a car insurance issue for her? How would this woman claim this on her insurance...or can she? The body shop I got the estimate from said they'd never seen anything like it. Bottom line is, it's obvious it's this lady's fault but when she sees the estimate, she's going to freak out.
I just want to be prepared in case (probably when) this gets ugly. Yes, I know about small claims court.
posted by SparkyPine
on Aug 20, 2005 -
Broke the car, now what?
Due to rather large amounts of snow and ice being piled up around my son's car, which was parked on the street, the act of getting it out has caused some damage. [more inside]
posted by kamylyon
on Dec 27, 2004 -
AutoFilter: In a moment of terrible mental absence this morning, I drove about half a block in second gear with the hand brake engaged. While the right rear wheel smoked and the brake glowed visibly red, there seem to be no other consequences an hour after the fact. Does this merit a call to the mechanic to check it out if other malfunctions haven't arisen?
posted by Verdant
on Dec 16, 2004 -
I used a solvent to clean the plastic that protects the instrument panel in my car - the plastic has gone milky and now it is very difficult to see how speedy I am driving. Is there any way to reverse the damage done? [By the way, the damage looks the same as when I cleaned a CD jewel case with a spray cleaner]
posted by meech
on Apr 18, 2004 -