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Car scraped while parked

  • 02-04-2024 6:10pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭

    Hi All,

    I went to the local Dunnes for 30 minutes and noticed someone scraped the rear end of my car. There are several deep paint scratches, including on the plastic bumper. I spoke to the security guard who is going to have a look but due to the GDPR law, he can't show me the recordings.

    What's the best thing I could do now?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 28,656 ✭✭✭✭_Kaiser_

    Report it to your insurer anyway and the Gardai (leaving the scene of an accident). They can also request the CCTV as well if it exists I believe. Whether they will is another matter.

    In reality though you're probably going to just have to pay for it yourself I'm afraid

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,791 ✭✭✭User1998

    Worst case scenario, a bottle of polish and a touch up pen would make it look 90% better

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭masterboy123

    Ok, thanks so much.

    If we find the car who did, what would be the next steps?

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,656 ✭✭✭✭_Kaiser_

    I don't have experience of this scenario so someone else may correct me but my take/next steps would be...

    If you find out who did it (which only the Gardai will be able to do) you'll have to let them approach the person or log it in the Garda pulse system.

    Inform the insurer to follow up with the Garda using that reference

    In reality though as I say, I doubt you'll get much support from the Gardai on something like this. Unless the CCTV definitely shows the other person's car damaging yours it'll be your word against theirs.

    There's also the effect that having an outstanding claim on your insurance policy will have.

    As I said though, you'll probably just have to pay for the repair yourself I think.

  • Registered Users Posts: 661 ✭✭✭Flowergirl201

    I was in the same situation last week. Parked in dunnes car park, came back and someone had hit my car. Husband wanted me to go to the guards etc but I said exact same as the last poster. As wrong as the situation is, it would be way more hassle going guards/insurance route. And I wonder about the actual outcome that route would eventually have.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,046 ✭✭✭Whocare

    Happen to me before ask place look at camera was getting diesel and had receipt so knew exactly time thay look and see car hit my car garda was called looked at cctv maybe I think next day got reg ect garda call to his house got insurance details I phoned up his insurance company and they phoned garda station to check it out and that it . Got quote and got car fix

    Garda said if wanted we can do him for leaving The scene of an accident I didn't as man was in 80

  • Registered Users Posts: 661 ✭✭✭Flowergirl201

    Great outcome

  • Registered Users Posts: 343 ✭✭Madeoface

    Ah jaisus, I thought someone had scrapped the car. Not scraped it.

    Far less exciting. Let it go man. Happens all the time.

  • Registered Users Posts: 65 ✭✭Drifter100

    Unlikely you will get any satisfaction here. Let it go, it will eat you up otherwise

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭masterboy123

    Thanks all.

    I informed Gardai and my car insurance company.

    I am not expecting anything but would like to see the process as part of my continuous learning :)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,877 ✭✭✭kirving

    Someone hit my car the other week with their door, on dashcam, and I have their details.

    It's only lacquer that's damaged, and it's only small, so good polish will sort it.

    But you know what, they knew full well they did it and walked off, and out of principle I'm not going to spend my personal time fixing their carelessness. I'm going to open a claim on their insurance, get it professionally polished out, and take a rental car for the day while it's being done. They can pay their insurance company back if they want.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,069 ✭✭✭Ezeoul

    FWIW, on the process, I hit a parked car in a carpark last year - totally my fault I was late for a medical appointment and rushing,

    I had to leave, but I did leave a note on the windscreen, and also gave my details to the security office. (Underground carpark). I called my insurance company the next morning and notified them, as I fully expected to have a claim put in by the other car owner.

    The insurance company sent me out a form to fill in and return which I did. Six months passed and I never heard anything from either the owner of the other car, or the insurance company - until the insurance company wrote to me asking if I had settled the damage myself. When I confirmed I hadn't heard from the owner of the other car, they closed the file.

    There was no impact on my car insurance premium renewal.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭masterboy123

    Any there any good wireless front and rear cameras that I could install?

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,051 ✭✭✭Kaisr Sose

    Thats a great post and outcome for you.

    Proof that 'Honesty Pays'

  • Registered Users Posts: 403 ✭✭Luna84

    Where did my car go. It was a pile of sh*te and we thought it was abandoned so off to the scrapper with it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,773 ✭✭✭✭mfceiling

    Happened me last year in BlackRock. Reported it to the Garda as the shopping centre wouldn't/couldn't show me the footage.

    Garda never followed up on it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,877 ✭✭✭kirving

    Generally speaking, you're going to need to wire in the camera so that you don't need to constantly charge it. I have seen a "wireless" rear camera which is actually just a narrow angle camera which connects to the side of the front camera. I wouldn't buy it personally. I have a Viofo A129 Pro Duo which is fantastic, but suffers a bit at night (as all cameras do).

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭masterboy123

    What's the battery like on your wireless camera?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,877 ✭✭✭kirving

    The A129 Pro Duo isn't wireless. If you really cannot install a wired version for some reason, you can get a battery pack which sits between the 12V cigarette lighter supply, and the camera, to cover you while the car is off.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭masterboy123


    Gardai came over and took a statement. They will follow CCTV tomorrow at the shopping centre and if they find something they will update me. If no clues, then I have to deal with it myself.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,722 ✭✭✭downtheroad

    Just curious, at what age do you draw the line for prosecution?

    If it was a young fella who was 20 would you have followed up?

    That 80 year old man might not be a competent driver. It could have been a person he hit instead of your car.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,699 ✭✭✭CoBo55

    I found the Guards very helpful tbh. A fella reversed into me doing a good bit of damage, foolishly I didn't call the Guards as he asked me not to, he'd sort it blah blah blah... I got a quote for €1500 and as soon as I told him how much it was going to be he started dictating to me that he'd get a lad in a shed to fix it. I went to the guards on the advice of my insurance company, they made him bring in his insurance details and I claimed on his insurance. He started getting a bit nasty ringing me on different numbers etc, I said it to the guards in passing as I was presenting my documents and she rang him there and then instructing him not to contact me again. I'm getting the car fixed next Monday and a replacement car until Mine's repaired.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭masterboy123

    I suppose mistakes can happen by anyone of us. Either by a 20 year old man or person in their 80s. Main thing is you should not flee the incident area once you're aware of the accident.

    The garda told me sometimes people don't hear that they have scraped others car and they are genuinely unaware of causing any damage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,287 ✭✭✭beachhead

    you should have pushed it with shopping centre management to see/get the cctv or at least get them to look at the footage.guards usually good at follow up if the images are clear.they speak to the driver and explain their error and usually you get repaid for the repair.guards vring you the money after seeing an never meet the other insurance involved.but too much hassle for most if damage is "minor"

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,287 ✭✭✭beachhead

    Good and proper result

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,713 ✭✭✭masterboy123

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,046 ✭✭✭Whocare

    It rural Ireland car was only Means getting out and about for him I guess at 80 though there was no point anyway plus damage was minor enough.

    If was young man I probably would said do him as there was possibility old man was too old and didn't realise he hit it unlikely but possibility

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,085 ✭✭✭blackbox

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but it's a great relief to have the thread title corrected.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,722 ✭✭✭downtheroad

    Again, what age do you draw your line? 30, 40, 50, 60?

    This sentimentality for old drivers that are dangerous behind the wheel needs to stop. If the same old man drove over a child would you excuse him on the grounds that he needs to get out and about?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,699 ✭✭✭CoBo55

    He didn't do it so just leave it, maybe he just wanted his car sorted and felt sorry for the man. Keep the faux outrage for another thread.