Lodi, CA asked in Car Accidents for California

Q: A Domino's Pizza sign fell on my legally parked car and did almost a thousand dollars damage. They said get 3 estimates

Then they will give me a check made out to the body shop. Do I have the right to choose where I want it fixed?

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2 Lawyer Answers

William John Light

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

A: Yes. Get your car fixed where you want. If it's a legitimate estimate (e.g., no kick backs to you), you are under no obligation to accept the lowest bid. Dominoes could attempt to dispute the payment by claiming that it was unreasonably high, but you would have to examine the differences: did one shop use OEM part and the other use after market; do they charge different rates for labor, etc.? If Dominoes refuses to pay the amount charged by the shop you choose, you may have to sue it in Small Claims.

Dale S. Gribow agrees with this answer

Omid Rejali

  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes. You have an absolute right to get your car fixed wherever you want. Once you get the estimates you need to provide it to them and they need to compensate you. Good luck.

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