Post # 1
Let’s say the maintenance guy who lives next to you hit the side of your car. There is paint in the dent the color of his truck (which is parked next to you), as well as a decent-sized scrape of paint missing near the front bumper of his truck. Do you a.) report the accident and try to force him to pay for the damage, or b.) eat the cost yourself, as you fear retaliation from a guy who has a master key to your place?
If it helps, we reported him to management a few months ago for regularly parking in a disabled spot — and he responded by continuing to park there and instead dug out and removed the disabled parking sign (the spot is still painted as a disabled spot). A real winner, this one. When I went out to take pictures of the damage, I noticed a cooler in the bed of his truck and open cans of beer.
What would you do? This is a great complex and we love living here — with the sole expection of this neighbor!
Post # 2
MrsEdamame: I’m glad you took pictures.
I’d report it, not just to management but to your insurance and potentially the police if he doesn’t own up. Technically, if he hit your car and didn’t leave a note, that’s a hit and run and can result in serious penalties including jail time (at least in California).
You probably have uninsured motorist property damage insurance, which will cover this if you can’t prove it was him. (Are there any security cameras that might have caught it on tape?)
Post # 3
Considering I am still dealing with insurance because some jackass backed into our rental car and left, I would report his ass. I have a 1k deductible, so total, I’ve ended up paying around 1100, because I don’t want insurance to pay $99 and raise my premium.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE
GO TO THE POLICE. You have evidence of a hit and run and prior illegal activities (defacing or otherwise tampering with a handicapped space is illegal!) and he could be served a hefty fine and possible jail time for both, as well as being fired!
Post # 5
I would absolutely report it! If you live in apartments that are owned by a management company, I would go to the company rather than your building manager.