I have a 3-yr-old Camaro. Two years ago I clipped the very
right front corner by running into a post on the carport where
I park. The damage is near where the right fog light is.
I got an estimate from Service King for $1100 to fix this, they
need to replace the front bumper cover and touch up the
right front fender. Since I have a $1000 collision deductible
I'd be paying for this out-of-pocket, and have never had it
Two weeks ago, I bought 4 new tires from Discount Tire. (I
might add I was really pleased getting 33K miles from the
original Goodyear Eagle GA's). I've been very pleased with
this tire shop, with their free rotations, etc. They are
a good place to deal with.
When I get home from the tire shop, I notice the right fender
is bulging out about an 1/2 inch from the right door. Obviously
this happened cause of them jacking the car up.
I go back to them and get the runaround, they point out the
previous damage, say the fender was already damaged, they were
"careful" to avoid damaging any further. Lies, but they're
professionals at that.
So I go back to Service King, they write another estimate saying
the fender will need to be replaced for another $900.
Because of my deductible, the insurance company is out of the loop.
I guess my next step is go back to the tire shop, tell them I
intend to take the matter to small-claims court. This might
get them to negotiate a settlement with me.
Filing a claim under my collision for the whole thing would not
be practical, I'd lose more in higher rates than I'd get back.
Anyone have any advice?