Am I entitled to keep the trailer I hit as I am buying them a brand new one to replace it?

I have no insurance and ran into a trailer. I just received a bill for 30,000.00 Am I
entitled to keep their old one since I am buying them a brand new one?

Asked on November 2, 2017 under Accident Law, Washington


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You are not entitled to keep the damaged trailer because you are paying for a new trailer.
You can ask the other party if you can keep the damaged trailer.  If the other party agrees, that agreement should be in writing, and title to the damaged trailer should be transferred to you.
On a separate matter, when you provide the opposing party with a new trailer, a release of all claims should be signed by all parties to prevent them from filing a lawsuit against you in the future.

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