Council grass cutting damaged my new car

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Post by Mr Alan » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:12 pm

I know that sounds like a Jeremy Kyle topic but.

Only had it two weeks! This also explains my other post requesting thing any recommendations about a body shop in Nottingham

We live adjacent to a piece of council owned grass area and path and this morning while the grass cutting was taking place I heard a loud bang. Thought nothing of it but going outside an hour later I saw a dent and a huge stone chip in the front wing of my car and a stone lying on the driveway suddenly it became obvious what had happened. I contacted the local council and they sent someone round this afternoon who took photos of the damage told me to get to quotes and they will pay and he apologised on behalf of the council. Frankly I'm in shock. I can't quite believe that they will pay for the damage that they have clearly caused without a fight.
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Post by Dav the wheel nut » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:18 pm

Councils don't have the money to fight this type of claim.

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Post by EssexZed » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:20 pm

I guess it was a rotary mower, they pick things up easily and spit them out of the side. I was mowing my back lawn once and the grass was long enough for me not to notice a hard dog chew our pet had left there. The mower picked it up and spat it out right through a double glazed panel in our french windows :o
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Post by ronk » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:20 pm

You haven't got the money yet!

Make sure you list Names, Dates and Times etc. Take plenty of photos as well - Over cautious probably, but better that the alternative if they start to wriggle.
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Post by Marlon » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:29 pm

ronk wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:20 pm
You haven't got the money yet!

Make sure you list Names, Dates and Times etc. Take plenty of photos as well - Over cautious probably, but better that the alternative if they start to wriggle.
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Post by Mr Alan » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:33 pm

Yes they came out this afternoon and looked at the car and took photos admitted liability and said get some quotes
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Post by ronk » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:09 pm

If that's what the man said go and get your quote from a BMW approved body shop.
Would they take the Mayors limo or the chief execs car to the local body shop it you'd damaged their cars?
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Post by Havard » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:31 pm

Be ready for the solicitor ringing up and accusing you of doing the damage and the penalties for lying in court etc etc.

They try all kinds of tricks. I claimed for damage to my car from a pothole a few years ago. The claimed the road was checked in the last 12 months and that was all they were legally obliged to do. I was young at the time and fell for the bullshit.

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Post by ronk » Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:43 pm

I have knowledge of that !
My son in law wrecked a wheel on his car - they produced docs to show the road had been inspected - three months later the same road was relayed and resurfaced .

I knew a solicitor who had three "supposedly" identical reports submitted to him as evidence - each with a different date !

Dont believe a word they say! Be cautious in your dealings.
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Post by highway1 » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:07 pm

I am in this line of work and I am afraid its an occupational hazard.

Its mainly from strimmer use- a small stone flicked up will easily take out a window.

The last one we had at work, was someone strimming on a roundabout, caught a stone and took out the side window of a passing VW van.

The authority always pays up, no problem, so I am sure it will all be sorted soon!

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Post by ronk » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:18 pm

highway1 wrote:
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:07 pm

The authority always pays up, no problem, so I am sure it will all be sorted soon!

Our neighbour up here in Durham had a devil of a job getting compensation for a broken window - they tried to deny liability !
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Post by Mr Alan » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:42 pm

Sytner have quoted £1000 a local body shop have quoted £500 and Chipsaway have quoted £220. I will push for the work to be done at Sytner as that's where I got the car from three weeks ago
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Post by Smartbear » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:07 pm

Mr Alan wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:42 pm
Sytner have quoted £1000 a local body shop have quoted £500 and Chipsaway have quoted £220. I will push for the work to be done at Sytner as that's where I got the car from three weeks ago
A thousand pounds to repair a stone chip? Is your car covered in gold leaf perchance? :roll:
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Post by Mr Alan » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:11 pm

To be fair it's a big stone chip and a small dent but yes I agree thousand pounds is frankly ridiculous
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Post by kis » Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:12 pm

Stone chip doesn't really do it justice though? It they can smash through windows and dent body panels... more like stone dent in this case?
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