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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-14-2011, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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I had a lady back into my bike when it was parked in a parking lot. She knocked the bike over and tried to pick it up but was unable (hardly surprising). She was good enough to leave a note explaining what had happened and asking me to contact her if there was any damage. You can see from the photos that the "damage" was minimal, however, it will impact the bike's value to some extent. I'm not overly concerned about that but not sure whether I'm overlooking something. I don't feel inclined to "penalize" someone for being truthful but don't want to suffer a loss either.

I don't believe I will pursue this but would be interested in your comments.

Answers on a postcard please .

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I had someone give me that courtesy many years ago and I have payed it forward a couple of times. Last time was when I was rear ended in my pickup truck; the lady totaled the front end on her volvo wagon and left only a dent in the bumper of my 9 year old truck. I think you are doing a decent thing.

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Thats what insurance is for . She was honest enough to let you know , fine . She also has insurance and if the bike has taken damage you deserve to have it fixed . I dont know what the laws are up there but over here in the UK if you do something like that and not report it and u get found out its a criminal offence.

I know I sound harsh but just because someone owns up dosnt meen you have to suffer it . Its not like a car where it dosnt matter its your TBird. If it was a car I can understand it . Thank her very much for being honest and let her know how much the damage is to repair. Also tell her to get her rear view mirrors cleaned.
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Gotta agree with DruAde on this. It isn't rude, obnoxious, greedy or unreasonable to expect someone to pay for damage they caused. It's one thing if someone marks your 10 year old beater and another when someone backs into your unmarked 2 month old BMW 7 series or any relatively new vehicle. You can definitely cut her some slack, be kind about it and thank her profusely for being honest without eating the entire cost of repair/resale yourself. However, it's your bike, your money and your decision as long as you're happy with it.

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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-14-2011, 09:39 PM
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I would thank her very much for her honesty, let her know how much the damages are, and take the money. You don't have to milk her for every penny, but let her pay the basic damages. Obviously her conscience wants to, so let her.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 08:42 AM
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I can't believe you wouldn't pursue it. You got a brand new bike that got damaged due to no fault of your own. What she did by leaving a note should be a given not something unexpected. It's a sad sign of times we live in when doing the right thing is a little unexpected. We are so used to the stories of bikes getting knocked over and the perp takes off.

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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 08:47 AM
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picture wont show up but.... she left a note to pay for damages right? then let her pay, that's part of owning up for what happened. you/i deserve to be able to go into our home or work or a store and not have someone eff our stuff up.
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Thanks for the replies guys. The question wasn't so much about the principle of requiring restitution as about the extremely minimal damage that is hardly noticeable but would cost an arm and a leg to make right. That's where my dilemma lies. Anyway, I've contacted my dealer to get a quote and will take it from there. BTW the bike is two years old but still looks (looked) brand new.

Druade, no legal consequences of not reporting here but potential for reduced payout in the event of future claims (how they would know though is another question). Insurance in BC is government managed and extremely expensive, no rider policies for multiple bikes, no premium penalties for younger riders/drivers, etc so the cost to her for a claim could well exceed the cost of damages.

ps don't know why the pictures aren't showing up on the thread but clicking on them should bring them up in another tab.
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About 5 years ago, I parked a motorhome in a car park and forgot to pull the handbrake fully on.

It rolled back and put a small dent in a car behind on the drivers door, it was parked with the steering to one side and rolled back at an angle.

I left a note under the wiper arm with my phone number on it. The owner a woman called me about 4 days later, she missed the piece of paper for a few days, and did not notice the dent right away.

She called me, and I asked her to get a quote local to her. The quote was for £350. I sent a cheque, decided not to use insurance, so not to loose no claims discount.

I left the note expecting to have to pay something towards getting repairs done.

The lady that knocked your bike over, is expecting to pay the costs.
Some people do have a conscience, and feel they have to do the right thing.

Don't feel guilty, it was not you error that caused the damage.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-22-2011, 11:53 PM
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At least give her the option to go through the insurance co. or out of pocket. After she makes it right and you look down at your newly repaired bike you will not resent this woman.
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