Valley Village, CA asked in Car Accidents and Civil Litigation for California

Q: I got into an accident in a rental car. I repaired it through my insurance. Now he is claiming more damage.

I hit a pothole in a rental car. The owner of the rental car wanted to go through my insurance, not the rental company, and not his (didn’t want to tell his insurance he used the car as a rental).

After the repair was done, I paid for it and was reimbursed by my insurance. About 2 weeks later he is claiming additional damage related to the accident. Shouldn’t this be covered by warranty of the body shop?

He is also asking for loss of income reimbursement. But he billed $500 of personal repairs which I paid for unknowingly, and my insurance told me he technically owes me that back. I told him he can keep it and we can call it even (for loss of income). Now that his car needs work again he is asking me for $2400 loss of income money at $100 a day. (Even tho he only bets about $70 a day, when rented).

How do I deal with this person?

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A California attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. One option is to sit down with a California civil litigation attorney to review the owner's claims in accordance with the terms of the rental policy. Whether you choose to dispute the claims or negotiate a settlement with the owner, this time around use a release that outlines settlement terms with finality if you choose to make a payment. Good luck

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