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post #1 of 5 Old 07-06-2011, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Advice on a $1700 Chevy Door...Advice and Options Please...

My dad drives a very large Chevy van for work. It does have rear windows, but there is a "cage" in the back to secure parts, tools, etc so you cannot see out the back. A few days ago he is at a job site on a closed road. He is there with one other truck, where he was parked the other truck was blocked in. The other truck needed to move so my dad goes to back up his van and bumps into an open car door from a car that had just pulled up. No damage to the car, but it dented his rear door and busted out the glass.

So, my dad tells his boss (taking full responsiblity) who has him take it to the Chevy dealership for a quote to repair the door. They say it is unrepairable and a new door with glass is $1700. My dad tells his boss the repair quote, and immediately says he will gladly cover the insurance deductable given that this was his fault. His boss refused to run it through the insurance and tells my dad that he will pay the $1700 out of pocket or he can find a new job.

Now I can tell you that his boss has been a total ******r the entire time he has been employed for this company which is around 10 years. My dad is a very hard worker, and is definately the best technician at this company.

Is his only option to pay the full $1700?

Does the employer have an obligation to run this through the company insurance?

He was going to run it through his personal insurance. But I assume they will just go straight for the company insurance. Would this be that case?

Does he have any recourse in the matter?

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Shoot, if he is the best technician they have I'm sure they'll miss him. If it were me I'd be looking for another job, one that doesn't treat me like an ***.
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This is why a cop should be called to any accident so a legitimate report can be made. I have twice been in this situation. Legally the employer has to have insurance to cover damages. I would suggest your dad does NOT pay for this himself OR try to run it through his own insurance.

Further more if the boss is already an ***, he will hold this over your dads head for the rest of the time your dad works for him. SO hes probably better off to go job hunting anyway...

In fact maybe your dad should contact an attorney, this almost sounds like blackmail or something similar. Your dad could go from best tech to owner of the company.

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Your dad should tell the boss that he now has a stiff neck and may need workers comp. Bet his boss will shut up and use his auto. insurance!!!!!


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Your dad should tell the boss that he now has a stiff neck and may need workers comp. Bet his boss will shut up and use his auto. insurance!!!!!


I would also find a new job.

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