Trav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1555 times:
Alright; here's the story. Last night I came home around 2 o'clock driving my dad's car. I noticed a styrofoam cup in the gutter, which I found peculiar because litter usually isn't an issue in our neighborhood.
So I head inside and go to sleep. I go out to my car this afternoon to get something from the trunk, and I see the cup still laying there as well as coke covering the rear of my car: rear window, bumper, trunk, it's everywhere. I didn't see this till late in the day, after it'd pretty much baked in. So I go out to eat dinner at around 7ish, and pull through a gas station carwash on the way home. After the water dried, the paint on my trunk felt kind of coarse and powdery, no doubt a result of having coke sit on it all night and all day.
As I pull onto my street, I wasn't really in the mood to go home, so I decided to take a drive to the end of the road just for the heck of it. I got to the end, which is sort of a parking lot behind a bunch of townhouses, to see about 3 or 4 cars all parked haphazardly around a familiar white Land Rover, with a police cruiser there too and about 4 or 5 grown men standing, talking to the police.
I turned around and left, and went home. As I got out of my car, someone from down the street was standing in the driveway talking to my neighbor. There was a very strange, tense feeling in the air and she asked me if I was alright. I said yes, and asked if any of them had a problem with being vandalised.
As soon as I said that the two middle-aged women burst into a flurry of conversation, giving me details and times and everything. It turns out the same thing had happened to them. These people have like 5 cars, and they park two of them down the street. She told me one of them had ketchup all over the windshield, and the other one had a burst sonic cup with coke all over the hood of the car, but that it had happened tonight (as opposed to last night, when the incident occurred to my car). My neighbor (her husband) followed that familiar rover when he saw it coming down the road with it's lights off. I don't know how he got them cornered like he did, but he had them blocked in pretty well.
Two of the kids ran away, but I recognized the Rover to belong to a sophmore at my high shcool. He was sitting in the back of the sheriff's car. The whole reason i'm writing this post is to try and see what I can do about the screwed up paint on my car. It was pretty glossy before, and still is everywhere else, but now it's really dull on the trunk and around the brakelights. The country club manager who helped my neighbor corner the kid suggested I call the sheriff's department, and told me not to hesitate. Second opinoins?
Sorry for the length, but I'm pissed. Getting your car repainted isn't cheap, and my dad doesn't seem to care too much. What would you do?
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1517 times:
Quoting Trav110 (Thread starter): Two of the kids ran away, but I recognized the Rover to belong to a sophmore at my high shcool. He was sitting in the back of the sheriff's car. The whole reason i'm writing this post is to try and see what I can do about the screwed up paint on my car
Why are you wasting time posting this and not talking to the police?
It's a good bet the little bastard is responsible, although without his confession, sounds as if there is no proof - other than circumstantial.
If the little shit fesses up, sue his ass for a paint job on your car.
Jutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1509 times:
What color, type is the car?
Can you get any pics?
When I bought my car, the paint was really dull, especially the Mirrors. (Fuck you nissan). Anyways, I put on about 4-5 coats of polish and wax on the car since then and it looks better than new. You should try that first before even thinking of repainting the car.
Trav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1506 times:
I did talk to the police, I forgot to mention.
After I talked to my neighbor, I went back down to where I'd seen the police car earlier and told the officer what'd happened to my car the night before. I never mentioned the paint damage, though, which I should have. I'll give the Sheriff's office a call Monday morning.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1485 times:
Definantly talk to the insurance.. Get a few estimates, so you know what to ask for if this goes to court, if the fucker confesses, which considering he is probably a spoiled little brat and barely 16, he will sing after the cops lean on him for a few minutes.
If somehow the little bastard doesn't confess, either get the paint fixed out of your own pocket, or if you can't afford to do that, put it on the insurance.
After getting some pictures that make it look as bad as possible.. I would suggest a good paste wax like Meguire's or Turtle Wax and giving the whole car a massage.. It may very well solve the problem.
If you've already talked to the police what does the Sheriff's Department offer you the police did not? If they offer more, why are you waiting until Monday morning?
It's my first time ever having to deal with the police, so yeah I'm pretty ignorant on the subject. Haven't had as much 'life experience' as some of you have . I'm gonna take pictures, and if I didn't get a report from the police officer wouldn't I call the Sheriff's Dept? I was thinking in 'everything's closed Sunday' mode, but clearly I wasn't thinking. Forgive me for my percieved stupidity on the subject.
And yes, I'm insured, but it's only liability. I'll give them a call.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
Quoting Trav110 (Reply 9): if I didn't get a report from the police officer wouldn't I call the Sheriff's Dept? I
Did the Sheriff's department take the report? Answer the call? If yes, they'd have the report. If the local yocal took the report, call them.
Quoting Trav110 (Reply 9): was thinking in 'everything's closed Sunday' mode
Umm, , cop shops and fireman usually work 24/7/365 . . . at least in Alaska we do. Even if the particular officer that answered the call isn't available you can find out who it is, and leave a number for them to contact you.