How best to handle a situation if I bumped a car in my parking lot and scratched the bumper?

I confronted the owner of the car and made them aware of the issue. I also told him to get a written estimate of buffing out the scratch and that if that cost less than $1000, I’d pay from my pocket or else I would redirect it to my car insurer. He now gave me a signed letter stating that he went some places to get the estimate and said it would cost more than $1000. So they now want 1000$ so that he could do the repair himself. What do I need to do so that this guy will no come after me in the future?

Asked on February 5, 2016 under Accident Law, Ohio

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It would be advisable to refer the matter to your auto insurance company to handle it.
If you don't want to do that, you will need to have the other party sign a release in exchange for your payment of his repair bill.  A release of liability means that he is giving up all claims against you in exchange for receiving payment as full settlement.  You can obtain the boilerplate language for a release at the law library.  Ask the law librarian to help you find the appropriate language.


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