Ric, are you a professional victim? Dont' answer that please, I'm
sorry for your bad luck. You do need to talk with an attorney, you
will probably find out that you can sue for damages which may include
your insurance deductible, the cost of a NICE rental car, and loss of
"some value" of your Vette depending on how bad it is damaged.
Take pictures of your car right now, I mean right now, go buy a
camera if you must. Do it tonight if you have to. Get the damages
documented before it is moved, washed, glued, fiberglassed, or painted
- and get a shot of the odometer before it is reset. Don't fool
around arguing with the mechanics or owner of the shop, document
your damages FIRST, then let him know NOT to touch the car as you are
meeting with your insurance company and your lawyer right away. GET
the KEY and KEEP IT. DO NOT tell the guy who owns the shop that he
is going to fix your car, don't waste your breath on him. You do not
want him to do anything to your car. At least until you speak with
your insurance company and your attorney.
The owner of the shop may just come right out and tell you to contact
his insurance agent and he will pay for all repairs at the shop of
your choice. There maybe no argument at all. Just a headache.
I hope it works out OK.
Recall what I said above, it's all about damages, that's what you can
sue for, damages, rental car, loss of use, loss of value, etc. You
have to have damages or there is no good reason to sue.
'95 LT1 coupe
'87 L98 coupe