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1. I regret to say that you are unable to insist on a particular garage doing the repairs. Essentially, the onus is on the person who has suffered the damage to have the damage repaired and then to sue you for any money owing. However, you are not able to insist on where the repair takes place as the car is not your property. I appreciate that you have acted in a most unselfish and honest manner with regard to this incident. However, the car owner of the damaged car is entitled to choose where the repairs take place.
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I should have mentioned that I do not want to go through insurance, offering to pay for the repairs in cash instead. Do you think it would be wise to try to negotiate and offer the difference between the two quotes?
I realise that I have accepted responsibility by offering to pay etc and there were no witnesses at the time, I didn't report to Gardai, just found car owner- do you think it's feasible to try to negotiate more? I offered for her to get the repair done at my garage and she has refused, and I don't see how the (minimal) damage could cost so much more & basically feel like she is ripping me off....I don't have any proof that the car was "scratch free" before the incident. And she is claiming the car needs panel beating (there is no panel beating required I am 100% sure) so I am wondering about the repair she is having done!?
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