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DJ1
post Sun, 7 Oct 2018 - 19:31
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Hi guys,

Completely off the usual topic but I know there’s lawyers and legal experts on here that may be able to help me. I’m a cab driver and rent one of the new electric cabs with an excess of £750. I recently reversed into a bollard at a hotel and there’s a small crack in the bumper. I believe it’s a £200-£300 repair max. But the rental company wants me to give them the whole £750 excess saying they have the right to replace the whole bumper because it’s a new cab. Does anyone know where I stand on this? They also want me to pay the £750 up front before I see any repair.

That would have been the end of the story.....but 15 mins ago I dropped a passenger off outside a restaurant in Knightsbridge. I wanted to reverse into a driveway behind me to turn around. I checked my mirrors and camera and everything was clear. As I’m reversing I hit another cab. Apparently he pulled up behind me as I was reversing and ‘he says’ he stopped to drop some passengers off and I’ve continued into him. Again, does anyone know where I stand with this?

Thanks in advance, Phil.
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post Sun, 7 Oct 2018 - 19:52
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QUOTE (DJ1 @ Sun, 7 Oct 2018 - 20:31) *
As I’m reversing I hit another cab.


So moving in one direction, but looking in another. Else you'd have seen him. Can't see it's anyone's fault but yours.

At least the bumper hasn't been repaired yet.


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DJ1
post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 06:58
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Ok. But what about the first question? Does the rental company have the right to demand a whole new bumper just because the cab is new when it could be repaired?
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Churchmouse
post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 07:16
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It would depend on what the contract says about the excess, wouldn't it? I doubt anyone can help without knowing what it says.

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DJ1
post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 08:04
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I would have thought it depends on the law.
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post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 08:38
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QUOTE (DJ1 @ Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 09:04) *
I would have thought it depends on the law.

Probably contract law...


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post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 08:56
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I'd suggest common law is in play, They have they right to be put back in the position they were in before, as there is an argument a repaired bumper is inferior (depending on how you it could be repaired) then that would mean a new bumper. Modern plastic bumpers are hard to (plastic) weld and fillers don't bond well.


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post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 12:07
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Ok thanks.
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post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 13:50
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It won't just be the cost of the repair.

The hire company will be losing money for everyday the vehicle is off road being repaired.
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post Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 16:04
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QUOTE (GAZ237 @ Mon, 8 Oct 2018 - 14:50) *
The hire company will be losing money for everyday the vehicle is off road being repaired.

Again, depends on the contact as the OP may still need to pay the hire company and may not be entitled to an alternative vehicle for 'free'.


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