Can I sue my sister-in-law for a down payment towards another car ifI lost my vehicle because of her negligence?

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Can I sue my sister-in-law for a down payment towards another car ifI lost my vehicle because of her negligence?

My sister-in-law wrecked my car and had it towed (without my permission) to a place that charged daily and didn’t get it out. Thus the car was auctioned off. She agreed to give me something to help me get another vehicle but didn’t. Can I sue her for a down payment towards another car?

Asked on February 20, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Alabama

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your sister in law wrecked your vehicle resulting in a series of events where you ended up losing the car due to her negligence, from what you have written she would be responsible for the fair market value of the car at the time of the accident.

I would make a demand for her to make good on the value of the car and if not, then your recourse would be a civil action against her. The down payment of the desired new car would not be the proper measure of your damages.


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