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My roommate backed into my car and it broke my front bumper and dented the hood. We went and got 2 estimates ($1700 for the damage) However here is the tricky part. I had ran into someone before and the front was already a little messed up (the left grill broke out and the bumper had a small crack) so now she says we should split the cost 50/50. I don't think thats fair though because most of the cost is for fixing the hood and even if the bumper had a crack it is now in pieces so in my eyes it is still something she should fix. She does not want to go through insurance (I did offer to pay half her deductable) and thinks I am just trying to somehow rip her off. What is the right thing to do in this case? should I pay 50% even though there is way more damage? I do not want this to end up in a huge argument but I also want her to fix the damage she caused. Any suggestions?

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd maybe you culd have the estimate broken down between the cost of the hood and the cost of the bumper. offeer to pay half of the bumper and save your friendship.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Stephanie, This is a tough one because you live together and don't want to have this come between you. Without seeing the damage it's hard to tell exactly what needs to be repaired, but here's my suggestion. Because you didn't assess the damage that you previously had and have no way now of getting an estimate for it, it seems unfair to include it. You don't know if she would have done as much damage to the bumper since it was already compromised. I would say to have her pay the full amount for the damage to the hood repair and split the repair to the bumper. This seems like a fair deal and could keep you from ruining your friendship. Good luck. Lori Johnson www.ladiesstartyourengines.net

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