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    Default Paint damage - any advice?

    Now then guys, got a bit of a problem with the veccy. What happened was, last night my next door neighbour had a bonfire to dispose of some old junk.

    The fire was about 40ft from my car (just a guess) however the wind was blowing towards my car. Because i had planned to wash my car and give it the full works today, i didnt bother moving it. I just assumes that there would be be just the odd little bit of soot on the car.

    So today i start washing the car, et it all done nice and clean. But as im drying it off, i notice these strange spots on the paintwork. So i finish drying the whole car off and decided to have a go with the clay, but that didnt shift it. Sried scratching it with my fingernail but that seemes to do more damage. Its obviously from the fire my neighbour had the night before. Theres damage on every panel and on some of the glass. Its burnt right through the paint as well and bubbled it up. The spots are quite small, however they are all over the car. In my opinion, the car needs a full re-spray and new windscreen and front passenger door glass. The bonnet is the worst having about 6 spots of burnt paint on it, a couple of which are very noticable. Ive taken photos of the damage while the car was clean but i havnt put these on the computer yet. Ive also inspected what it was he was burning.

    Ive found that he was burning an old sofa, some lamp shades, but worts of all he was burning some of those plastic cabinet draws and also, worst of all, a VCR!

    This is the bit that realy gets me mad - he knew the wind was blowing towards my car (and also his). He came and looked at the fire once it was going, and then decided to move his car behind a hedge row, not bothering to let me know i might want to move mine. We also found various bits of burnt plastic in our garden this morning which has come over with the wind lastnight. I know its going to be hard to prove it was his fault, however i know my other neighbours will admit that he always has fires near us and hes done it before even when its been very windy!

    So what do you guys think I should do? I havnt spoken to him about it yet. I think the best thing i can do is get a couple of quotes from a bodyshop to repair the work and then go to him and ask if he is willing to sort it for me (i know hes got a few quid, but thats not the point). If he says he isnt going to pay for it, im going to get a solicitor involved. The reason being that the car is now un-sellable in its corrent condition and its his actions that have caused damage to my car. His insurance should pay it.

    What advise if any can you guys give? Is there anything else i can do? Has anyone else had a similar expreience?

    Thanks in advance.
    Matt

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    I would have been around there today and asked him what he was going to do about it.
    The problem you may have here is proving that the damage was caused by his fire. Tell him your gonna get some quote for a respray and see what he says, he may cough up (hopefull). Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gr4eme View Post
    I would have been around there today and asked him what he was going to do about it.
    The problem you may have here is proving that the damage was caused by his fire. Tell him your gonna get some quote for a respray and see what he says, he may cough up (hopefull). Good luck.
    Thats what id have liked to do but he hasnt been there today, hes been at his new home (hence disposing of old junk) and dont know his new address however my dad works with him so this isnt a problem. My old mans going to have a word tomorrow and explain whats going to happen. I hope your right and he does cough up. Its quite obvious that the damage was caused by the fire, ive never taken the car anywhere where such damage could happen - that and the fact that everyone knows i realy do look after my motor.

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    I think your best route here is going to be to claim on the insurance with him coughing the extra premium money when you renew.

    Full respray is gonna be £1200 and the screen at least £200.

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    He isn't going to pay out of his pocket; however if he has home insurance, it will include public liability cover, which will cover it IF he bothers to report the claim to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    He isn't going to pay out of his pocket; however if he has home insurance, it will include public liability cover, which will cover it IF he bothers to report the claim to them.
    Devils advocate here (so don't shoot me down please!) but I very much doubt his home insurance company would even consider paying you out because you have said:

    'The fire was about 40ft from my car (just a guess) however the wind was blowing towards my car. Because i had planned to wash my car and give it the full works today, i didnt bother moving it. I just assumes that there would be be just the odd little bit of soot on the car.'

    It will sound harsh but, if you were aware that your car MAY be in the path of the fire or soot etc. and you didn't take reasonable precautions (such as ask him to relocate his fire, ask him to ensure no damage to your property was sustained OR you moved your car yourself) then they will use this to their advantage.

    Whichever you do decide to do I hope you get the matter resolved to your satisfaction.

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