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Hi all,

 

Bit of a weird one but I am sure you guys can offer some solid advice.

 

 

I was leaving a private car park of a retail shop,

as I was leaving I went through what only can be described as a crater.

 

 

The crater was taking up a full parking space and was filled with water.

 

 

I've driven through it, ripped and scuffed all the underside of the car and cracked the bumper in a few places.

 

 

It's nothing massive but still annoying and

 

 

was wondering where I stand in regarding claims etc.

It'll probably cost £200 (guesstimate) to get fixed.

 

I was thinking of finding out the land owner and contacting them,

 

 

then going from there really.

 

 

Do I have any legal grounds or am I knackered?

 

 

Cheers.

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It is my understanding you can sue Local Councils for this type of damage, so why not a private car park ! Did you have to pay to park ?

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~Who is the owner of the private car park ?

 

 

Business should have public liability insurance to cover them if a customer or member of the public was to suffer a loss or injury.

It's not mandatory to have the insurance, but any business of a decent size or responsibility would have it.

 

 

Did you report it to the store when it happened ?

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Either way

 

You need to have evidence to support your claim.

 

A) The damage caused with quotes/reciepts to prove loss

B) Evidence of the"Crater" - A good set of photos with a measuring stick showing all dimensions would be good. Get these done before they get fixed!

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I'm in the process of finding out who owns the land, I did report it to the shop but was fobbed off saying I have no chance etc. I have absolutely tons of photos showing how deep the crater is plus tons of pictures of the danage, plus a witness. I think maybe I should send the land owner a letter explaining the situation. I have gotten prices of the necessary parts and fitting costs.

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