@#*&^@$!!!! Can the cops do anything?
Grrrr... I know this is long, but bear with me.
My girlfriend just bought a 2000 Focus a week and a half ago. She parked it in her apartment lot Friday night, and when I looked at it on Saturday morning, I saw someone had hit it!!! Looked like someone turned too sharply while backing out of the space next to her and creased/dented/scraped the bottom third of both of her driver's side doors with their bumper. Easily over $500 worth of damage. And, you guessed it, no note on the windshield. :mad:
Before this happened, that car was in pristine condition!!!
Even worse, her insurance company (whom she just started coverage with a week and a half ago when she got the car) sent her some paperwork to fill out, but since she was out of town for a week, she couldn't get it sent in -- so she has no comprehensive or collision insurance right now. And the insurance company wants to take picutres of her car before they put that coverage back on -- so there's no way in hell they're going to pay for this, as it happened while her coveraged lapsed, and they'll know it.
Earlier today, she found a car that she believes did it (early 90's Olds Cutlass) -- the paint on her doors matches the color of that car, and that car has what looks like primer (from her car) and scratches on the right place.
Several people have told her to contact the police, file a report, and see if there's any way to prove that it was the Olds that hit her. She's hesitant to do so, as she doesn't think they'll be able to do anything for her.
Anyone know much about situations like this? Do you think the police would even come out to take a look at it, given this happened a few days ago? Do they even bother to try to match paint (i.e., the maroon paint that was left on my girlfriend's gold car) in situations like this? Anyone have any suggestions as to other courses of action?
My girlfriend's really strapped for cash right now, so if she can't get the other person's insurance to pay for it, I'll end up having to try to fix it myself. I've never done much body work, and while I'm not so concerned about how it would look, we do need to make sure it at least won't rust. She needs to be able to keep this car for a looooong time.
What do you guys think? :sad: