Asked by the police to indicate car damage value

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Long story short, my car was hit, the culprit escaped, i reported the accident to the police, they came, took pictures etc. Now they sent a letter asking me to tell them how expensive the damage is. What should I tell them? I have no idea, I'm not an appraiser. I assume they need it to know what charges should they file against the person who caused the damage but why are they asking me? I mean, I could estimate but what if I'm wrong? Can I give them a wide range? Thanks!

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17 minutes ago, marcinv said:

Long story short, my car was hit, the culprit escaped, i reported the accident to the police, they came, took pictures etc. Now they sent a letter asking me to tell them how expensive the damage is. What should I tell them? I have no idea, I'm not an appraiser. I assume they need it to know what charges should they file against the person who caused the damage but why are they asking me? I mean, I could estimate but what if I'm wrong? Can I give them a wide range? Thanks!

 

have you reported the accident to your own insurance company?
Ask them to give you an estimate. Insurance companies usually have claim assessors who can do that kind of work.

 

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6 hours ago, karin_brenig said:

 

have you reported the accident to your own insurance company?
Ask them to give you an estimate. Insurance companies usually have claim assessors who can do that kind of work.

 

 

Yes, I reported it. Are they a good source though? I mean, if the police won't find responsible person, insurance company will have to cover the damage (Vollkasko). Chances are rather small so it would be in insurers interest to give me a low number. Honestly, it's a strange thing for the police to ask, are they asking to figure out how big of a crime was commited and whether they should do anything about it? Or does it mean the police caught the person responsible and now they have to know what kind of fine should the person get?

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Someone hit us a few months ago and just took off. Our insurance company at the time (Allianz) sent us to a partner Werkstatt where the damage was appraised and was approved almost immediately to be fixed by Allianz. About 2,500€ worth of work.

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Always get an independent appraisal (just google KFZ Gutachter and you’ll find a few close to you). And always have legal insurance in (the likely) case the car insurance company is reluctant to pay its due. It’s just how the system works in Germany.

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if the damage is "worth" more than about 1.300,- € the culprit (if caught) will face higher fines, could (temporarily) lose his/her license, and (if this was not their first offense) even go to jail.

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