jo939 wrote:I was involved in a car accident. The actual details were a bit murky but I preferred to settle without involving the Insurance company as this could inevitably raise my premium. Anyways I paid the body shop doing the work which was a small but sizeable scratch on the other driver's car. I noticed that the complete amount came to almost $700, with an additional $200 was charged for a car rental. I received no paperwork, no nothing about such car rental. I obviously need that for my records saying that I fulfilled all of my obligations as part of the crash. I also feel like I may be getting conned here since the driver and shop owner are actually friends and I feel like the other driver is pocketing the money. First things first, I'm gonna ask the shop and the driver for a copy of the rental agreement/receipt. If they can't furnish that, can I initiate a dispute through my credit card, or will they simply agree that me signing a slip for the correct amount is valid? I did in fact sign the small receipt, I just wasn't aware that the rental was factored into the calculation.
In the eyes of the law, them being friends mean nothing. The owner of the other car has every right to take their car to any shop they deem fit. If they worked out a deal and were able to pocket the cash, there is really nothing that you can do there.
When it comes to the rental car, I could not tell you what your options are.
Did y'all sign anything as an agreement?