Do I get to choose where my car gets fixed after an accident?

My friend scratched my brand new car and I want get it fixed through my dealership. She refused to pay the dealership price. Am I obligated to get it fixed where she wants or do I have the right to get it fixed where I want? The estimate is $540. She wants me to take it to a place she found online that said they would do it for $200. I don’t believe the quality of work will be the same; this is why I trust my dealership (I prefer not to go through our insurance unless we have to).

Asked on June 26, 2012 under Accident Law, California


Leigh Anne Timiney / Timiney Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

When you are just dealing person to person and not with an insurance company, it is really up to both of you what you can agree upon as far as where to have the scratch fixed.  It is not unreasonable for you to want to have the scratch repaired at a reputable accredited shop.  Might be best for you two to agree to get three estimates and choose from those.  

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