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    Advice needed: car scratched whilst in Paris

    I was in Paris this week on holiday and parked outside my hotel literally for 5 minutes whilst unloading luggage when a delivery van scraped the back of my car.

    I got photocopies of the driver's insurance details, driving licence and another piece of paper (I don't know what it is but copied it all the same) and he admitted doing the damage. For extra insurance, I took a photo of the van and its proximity to my car.

    Anyway, apart from this being SO annoying - this is the first scratch in 19 months and 16,000 miles - does anybody have experience of chasing people in different countries to pay for such damage? My plan is to go to my local bodyshop in London and get a quote for the damage, and then send a copy of this quote to the van driver's employers.

    Any thoughts on how successful this approach will be?

    Any help very much appreciated!

    Cheers,

    Ed

    Re: Advice needed: car scratched whilst in Paris

    Let YOUR insurance company do the work. That's not your job. Let THEM subrugate on your beahalf. This is all part of their cost of doing business. The international slant to it is not a factor.

    Dan

    Re: Advice needed: car scratched whilst in Paris

    Thanks for the reply, but if I get my insurance company involved, they will increase my premium. I know this sounds ridiculous but it has happened to me before - even if it was not my fault, my risk profile increases.

    Therefore I would rather deal with it myself. It's not a big bump, but I reckon it will cost about Pounds500 to fix....

    Re: Advice needed: car scratched whilst in Paris

    shocking. in the US, if i'm not mistaken, it's illegal for them to increase your rates when you're not at fault

    Re: Advice needed: car scratched whilst in Paris

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    Ed J said:
    Thanks for the reply, but if I get my insurance company involved, they will increase my premium. I know this sounds ridiculous but it has happened to me before - even if it was not my fault, my risk profile increases.

    Therefore I would rather deal with it myself. It's not a big bump, but I reckon it will cost about Pounds500 to fix....



    They can't increase your premium when his insurance company pays. At least that's how it is in most of the EU. Involve your insurance company and if they try to raise your premium, get your lawyer involved.

     
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