Does it mattet which estimate I use? Could I use the higher one that includes the damage for my bumper?

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Does it mattet which estimate I use? Could I use the higher one that includes the damage for my bumper?

I was in a car accident. The insurance
company was supposed to be keeping in
touch with me. They haven’t returned
phone calls. I sent the at fault party
an estimate of the damages on my vehicle
to her address. I went and got that
estimate on 8/13/19. That estimate is
only valid for 30 days. It is in the
amount of 1200.00. On that estimate
they left out the estimate for repairing
my front bumper on my vehicle. When I
noticed that they forgot to add the
damage for my front bumper on the
estimate I went to another body shop on
today 8/21/19. 3200 was the estimate
from the body shop on today. Does it
matter which estimate I use when I go to
court?

Asked on August 21, 2019 under Accident Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Of the two estimates you describe, one is incomplete or inaccurate: it omits some of the damage (e.g. the bumper) and its cost to repair. You are entitled to seek compensation for all damage done in the accident: use the estimate that includes all damage and all repair costs.


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