Los Angeles, CA asked in Car Accidents and Insurance Bad Faith for California

Q: hello my car experienced some water damage while at the dealership and my vinyl, upholstery and window are damaged.

The dealer is trying to deny the damage. But my car was not damaged before I took it there. Are they liable for fixing this? Is it worth seeking legal for the damages?

2 Lawyer Answers

William John Light

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If you have comprehensive insurance coverage, it will pay to repair the damage, minus your deductible. If not, you will probably have to sue the dealership for the property damage. Bring before and after photos, and estimate/receipts for repair.

John Karas agrees with this answer

John Karas

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Temecula, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Your case and the damages involved (under 10K) is what Small Claims lawsuits are designed for.

As Mr. Light suggests (and I agree), you will need before and after pictures of the damage done to your vehicle, your attempts to resolve the matter with the dealership (letters, emails perhaps even texts) as well as repair estimates or payment receipts (assuming you had the repairs already done) from an outside 3rd party to do/did the repair work.

William John Light agrees with this answer

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