By on June 15, 2015

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I’ve lived in urban areas for most of my life. When you do that, your street-parked vehicles will get hit. You walk up to the car and the fender is mashed in or the bumper is bent… and there’s no note left by the perpetrator. In my experience — and I’d say that in my 34 years of driving, I’ve had parked cars hit and damaged enough to notice (some of my cars hid damage very well) at least 25 times. Not once has anyone ever left a note taking responsibility for the damage. I hear that this note-leaving phenomenon has been known to happen, but such a thing falls into the urban-legend category for me. How about you?
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Most of my experiences with parked cars getting bent up took place in that car-killing city, San Francisco, where I lived off and on for a few years in the 1990s. Still, the streets of Denver (where I live now) are rough on parked cars; in a six-month period, my wife’s Outback got sideswiped, my ’92 Civic got its left front fender squished, and my ’66 Dodge A100 had its front bumper snagged and bent beyond repair. If you count my Lexus LS400 getting a dented fender while parked at Shadow Government World Headquarters, that’s four of my vehicles damaged while parked in 2015, and no notes left.

So, have you ever left a note on a car that you hit? Have you ever received such a note?

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64 Comments on “QOTD: Does Anyone Ever Leave a Note After Hitting a Parked Car?...”


  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    Not once for me in over 40 years of driving even though my vehicles have sustained damage in my absence a number of times. So it has nothing to do with modern mores.

  • avatar
    RangerM

    Yes. I found a cop who filed an accident report so the owner could easily file insurance.

    No. Earlier this year my wife’s car had $4000+ damage from another car scraping down the entire side in a Walmart parking lot.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      Had my Ma was a Wal-Mart victim too, parked her Ford 500 in a lot and the front end was bumped, doing frame damage, killing the AC, breaking the front bumper cover.

      Insurance covered it thankfully.

  • avatar
    Erikstrawn

    A month after we bought my wife’s Honda Accord a lady backed into the driver’s door in a parking lot. She made a big show of putting a note on the windshield, but never returned my calls. May have been an intentionally wrong number, but who knows.

    I accidently left a serious door ding in a neighbor’s car when I lived in an apartment. I left a note and was serious about getting it fixed, but he never asked.

  • avatar
    319583076

    No & no.

    What’s this “bumper” you speak of? Some sort of terribly archaic technology that I assume has gone the way of the Dodo to be replaced by something better, cheaper, and safer? /sarc

    Edit – I just saw the pics of the beer cans some fools left behind for you to clean up. Scum like that deserve the sort of retribution Mad Max doled out to Johnny the Boy. I’ve owned two pickup trucks in my life and have found all manner of garbage in the bed left by passersby on far too many occasions to count. People are jerks.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      The problem with bumpers was that they were always made of mild steel.
      The original crumple component, born to deform.

      • 0 avatar
        Featherston

        Disagree slightly, RideHeight. Bumpers of the 5 mph era and immediately thereafter actually did their job.

        I miss functional bumpers and rub strips. (They don’t necessarily have to be 5 mph bumpers.) I can parallel park without hitting the cars to my front and rear. I can open my door in a parking lot without dinging the door next to me. You, I’m guessing, can do the same. Unfortunately, it only takes a small percentage of drivers to scratch or ding almost everyone else’s car.

        • 0 avatar
          RideHeight

          Oh, yeah, rub strips, side molding, whatever they’re called are golden. Even if every other driver were as fastidious as we are when opening our doors, there will still be gusts of wind that rip the door out of one’s grasp and crash it into the next car over. And for some people there are kids.

          I despise having to pay the extra for them nowadays but my wife and I always will. Dealer installed, too, so if the adhesive is effed up it’s their cost to repair.

          • 0 avatar
            Featherston

            Sort of on topic, I’ll mention electronic parking sensors as something I once dismissed as expensive geegaws but now see some value in. My father, alas, was one of those people who scratched our cars. His current vehicle, however, has parking sensors. He still parallel parks by ear, but now it entails never hitting the other cars rather than always hitting them. He’s still has picked up a scratch or two, but they were the fault of other people’s hitting his unattended vehicle.

            The three cars he owned over the course of the 5 mph era all were virtually scratch-free when he traded them in, which was a testament to the effective rub strips of the time.

    • 0 avatar
      319583076

      As an addendum – I had a neighbor who had an easement on the corner of my property so he could access his garage, which was parallel to the alleyway behind our homes. I had a steel-clad pole barn near the easement that was perpendicular to the alleyway. Over xmas/new year’s I happened to be out of town for about 10 days. Upon my return, I found a nice, big dent right about pickup/SUV bumper height in the corner of my building facing the easement and his driveway. I caught up with him and asked him if he or perhaps a visitor ran into my building and of course he denied any knowledge of such a thing. While it’s possible he was telling the truth, there’s no other possibility than he or someone visting him backed into my building and cause the damage. I never got it repaired.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    Yes, twice.

    Once on a parking lot. The second, in front of our house.

    A couple of other times, no.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I’ve been fortunate to only have mystery damage appear a couple times. Never any notes. The worst being superficial scrapes to the side of my bumper.
    One of my cars was backed into while parallel parked so many times I contemplated putting spikes on the license plate bolts.

    Add to the question:
    Have you ever witnessed someone hit someone’s car and intervened somehow?

    • 0 avatar
      sproc

      Absolutely. Hit and run is the worst. Early ’07 I was slowly backing out of a spot at a CVS, when a guy in the row behind gunned it in reverse and smashed my bumper and part of the hatch. He peeled out of the lot, but a couple of bystanders got the plate. Very satisfying when the police let me know that evening he’d been arrested.

    • 0 avatar
      onyxtape

      Saw a coworker’s new Audi get hit in the parking lot by a visitor. We confronted the guy, and the guy looked at the bumper and said “eh, no marks. It’s all good.” We disagreed with his assessment. I snapped a photo of his license plate, and had our IT guy send a video of the whole thing and sent these two things to my coworker’s email.

      He must have been a class 1 moron or something – apparently he wasn’t able to get his repairs paid for by the other guy’s insurance. He got laid off shortly after.

  • avatar
    tfdpny

    Yep. Amazingly a guy with a towbar on the back of his ute backed in to thefront of my NB mx5 on the street outside my apartment and left a note. It was only slight, but the whole front nosecone is one plastic piece so it got replaced which was lucky, as any miata owner will attest to the stonechips that add up after a while.I was very thankful to the guy, it wouldn’t have been a cheap repair out of my pocket.

    Having said that, been on the other side of it too, the wife’s Honda was doored quite badly by a white car in the airport carpark and no note. I’ll give that the benefit of the doubt though, sometimes kids open doors carelessly and neither kid nor parent realises.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    My one experience with someone hitting my car was thankfully downright pleasant.

    I was a senior in high school, watching the Superbowl at a friend’s place. We hear a knock at the door, it’s some friends of his neighbors.’ Turns out that they had backed their A6 into the driver’s door of my 1990 Civic Wagon (slowly losing a battle against rust, 167k miles, 17 years old at the time). I was pretty upset, as I really pampered this car and kept it looking as good as an old Honda in Upstate NY can look. They gave me their insurance info and they were incredibly apologetic. We get a quote at a local shop for $1200 to fix it, an adjuster from their insurance company comes out. The guy looks it over real quick and then cuts us a check for the full amount, and then even tells us we’re entitled for compensation for a rental car “even if you guys don’t decide to fix it,” so all in we get about $1300 from Geico. I buff things out as best I can and just leave the dent there. We then sell the Civic that summer for $1700. I still miss the old girl :( The Honda Fit that replaced it just isn’t quite the same.

  • avatar
    Maymar

    Once, towing a trailer and pulling into an alley, I didn’t realize how close I was cutting the corner, and snagged the bumper on an old Aerostar – left a note and got it fixed.

    On the other hand, in the past couple years, I’ve had a couple hit-and-run incidents inflicted on me. Once, I was loading something in the back of my car, when a car driving by came a little too close and took the side-view mirror off, and kept going. And, someone driving a Sprinter (probably some asshole not covered on the corporate policy) backed into a loaner car in my possession and took off (thankfully, someone saw, got their plate, and left a note).

  • avatar
    iMatt

    This past winter, someone spun out on the deeply rutted road in front of our apartment and t-boned our poor Fit. Damage wasn’t too severe but the surprising thing is that the guy who did the damage somehow got into our building and went door to door looking for the owner of the car he just hit.

    Even more amazing is that this happened in a sketchy neighborhood in a city with a sketchy reputation; Grande Prairie, AB.

  • avatar
    Pch101

    Yes, I once received a note after my car was hit while parked.

    Yes, I realize that this is the automotive equivalent of winning the lottery (to the extent that one can feel lucky to have his car hit.)

  • avatar
    sirwired

    I backed into a parked car once, and both filed a police report and left a note with all my information for the absent owner.

  • avatar
    Crabspirits

    I’ve actually been the enforcer of note-leaving.

    On one hand, it was hard to ignore. My friend absolutely obliterated his 240sx in a rear parking lot. We spent an hour getting it’s carcass on my trailer, possibly under the watchful eye of a security camera that captured some amazing footage.

    On the other hand, it was a company truck that he hit(We all know nobody actually cares about work vehicles). It received barely a dent.

    With the proliferation of cameras, and the increased prospect of receiving a hit-n-run conviction, I would surprised if note-leaving wasn’t on the uptick.

  • avatar
    kvndoom

    Ahhh the kindness of strangers. Yet another reason to carry full coverage even if the car’s paid off.

  • avatar
    PeterKK

    Got hit maybe once? No note. Left a really small scrape in a parking lot once. :( Didn’t leave a note. Still feeling guilt on that one.

    Oh, and we did crunch the car next to us in the parking lot at the apartment once. Stupid ice. We didn’t leave a note, but it was our freaking neighbor. So we obviously talked to them about it. Offered to pay for paint and repair. They never did take us up on it, though.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Someone leaving a note is rare and is near mythical but it does happen. I’ve had dents and scrapes show up and never a note. To be expected. I’ve left a note once when I accidently dinged someones door in a parking lot. It worked out well because I was running a paintless dent repair outfit at the time, and the lady was so amazed that I had the integrity to leave a note that she referred at least 2 other people.

  • avatar
    ...m...

    …not that it’s happened with any great frequency over my thirty years of driving, but yes, always: once when a shopping cart got away on a subtle slope to strike a car across the lot, and once when i inadvertently let my door saddle over its intended detent and strike an adjacent vehicle…in neither case were the damaged cars dented, but both left a mark, and neither owner contact me to pay for repairs despite the note…

  • avatar
    Quentin

    The MINI has been hit at least 3 times that I can recall. The first 2 times were parked on the street in Philadelphia while we visited friends. Both hits were to the rear bumper, so we just paid to have it repainted out of pocket. The 3rd time it was hit, the lady left a note because people saw her do it and told her to leave the note. The number was real, the name wasn’t, and she ultimately turned out to be uninsured. We paid our deductible, fixed the car, and got a letter a year later from the insurance company saying they were no longer pursuing the person that hit our car to cover the deductible. Pretty much 0 for 3 other than at least having proof that we didn’t cause the damage on the 3rd one. It still cost us.

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    It happened to me twice, in a closed parking.

    1st time, they dented a front fender of my little coupe. I confronted the owner of the XJ, they made lots of excuses and poor BS. Waste of time.

    2nd time, a drunk man backed his XJ (a different one) into my company car driver’s door, denting it all the way to the crash bar. The shop gave me a friendly price and I charged him the money to fix it.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Yes.

    Back in 1988 someone hit my Tempo and left a note with their contact info.

    Only time it has ever happened in my life.

  • avatar
    ClutchCarGo

    I’ve gotten 2 notes. The first was left by a bystander who ratted out the teen-aged girl who hit my Beetle back in college. The second was just last year when I found a note apologizing for hitting me in a mall parking lot and included a phone number. The damage was nothing but a slight paint scuff that rubbed right off, but when I called the number provided to thank them and let them know there was no problem, the person answering disavowed any knowledge of the note. Go figure.

    • 0 avatar
      ClutchCarGo

      On the other hand, my first Subaru was a magnet for damage. I had to have the driver’s side rear quarter panel repaired and repainted twice after getting hit while parked on the street. The second time I actually saw it happen. I was sitting at a Dairy Queen enjoying some soft serve with my wife when everyone present watched a clearly drunk woman stumble to her car, get in and accelerate away, hitting my car in the process. Someone present jumped up and got in his car to chase her for the license plate. He came back with a partial, and when the cop showed up for the report I gave him a description of the woman and the make and model of the car, plus the partial plate. When I asked him if he would put in a call to find the driver, he looked at me like I was an idiot. He asked if I had insurance, I said Yes, and he wearily told me to just submit my claim. That’s when I first realized that the police don’t really care about modest property crime. They’ll only get motivated by major damage or personal injury. Our sense of police work is badly skewed by media depictions of law enforcement.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    As someone who has done insurance claims, I can tell you that it is extremely rare. I’d see between 8 and 10 hit while parked claims a week. Most weeks, I wouldn’t have a claim where we knew who hit the parked car.

    In Michigan, this is one of the few accidents that you don’t have to go back to your own insurance for. However, if you can’t find the other driver, then you’ll have no choice.

  • avatar
    Chris Tonn

    Never hit another car.

    However, I had a parked car of mine totaled, in front of my house.

    A preschool teacher, driving a borrowed car in the middle of the day, nailed the left rear of my 1st gen Odyssey, moving the rear suspension forward about a foot. She proceeded past my house, through an intersection, over/through a roundabout, through a mailbox 300 feet from my car, sideswiped a tree fifty feet beyond, and ended up in the middle of the road 600 feet from my car.

    Obviously she was trying to flee, but considering the right front of her car had sheared off, she was unsuccessful.

    She didn’t leave a note. I came home from work to find a mess in the street.

    Two days later, city code enforcement delivered a warning to me, since her insurance company hadn’t come to pick my heap up yet.

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    I had a ’99 S-10 Extreme that some guy sideswiped one night when it was parked on the street in front of my house.

    I was rather proud of myself for being able to tell the cops it was a silver 2000-2006 Audi A4 from the paint scrapes and the broken pieces of headlight.

  • avatar
    7402

    One of our favorite ways to liven up a boring summer day while in high school was to leave a note on a fancy, new, expensive car that we had NOT hit or damaged in any way.

    “Hello, I apologize for hitting your car. I don’t have insurance and I’m totally broke so I can’t afford to fix it. I feel really bad about this and just wanted you to know how sorry I am.”

    We would then sit back somewhere with a good vantage point and watch the ensuing drama.

  • avatar
    Scott_314

    Toronto people. Two damn times this year! A note both times. A fake note both times. So Torontonians are suddenly wannabe actors, pretending to show concern and put a note on the windshield in case anyone is watching.

    When I called the fake number, an elderly woman answered. She was shocked and sounded really nice.

    • 0 avatar
      VolandoBajo

      These Torontonians are the epitome of a story I once heard.

      Someone comes back to his car, sees damage and a note. Opens the note and it says:

      “I hit your car accidentally, and several people saw me do it. Unfortunately, I don’t have insurance and can’t afford to pay to fix the damage.

      So I am leaving this note so that the people who saw me hit your car will think that I am leaving you my contact info, but I am not.

      Sorry.”

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    While parked at a friend’s house, someone backed out of a neighboring driveway and into my car, their rear bumper corner denting my front quarter panel and driver side door. I didn’t see it happen and no note, of course. A police officer came, looked at the angle of the hit, looked at the next house suspiciously, walked over, and there parked out of view in the carport was a car with my paint on its bumper.

    Guy had been drunk, backed out into my car, went on his beer run or whatever, and returned home as if nothing had happened. Insurance tried to collect, but this fool was in jail shortly after for some other offense. A real serial winner in life.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    My 88 Ramcharger’s been damaged twice while parked. First was while it was in my parents’ driveway while I was still in high school some teenage fools (whom I did not know) sped through the neighborhood late at night throwing sizable rocks at cars, mailboxes, etc. Nailed my passenger rear quarter hard enough to nearly pierce through it, looked almost like a bullet hole. A neighbor was awake and heard the commotion, chased the car and got a plate number. Three guys spent like 90 days in jail for it.

    Same truck about 7 years later I was in Alpharetta, GA staying at a hotel for a week-long training class. I was hit in the parking lot putting a serious dent high in the drivers’ front fender, and the lower trim was bent and knocked off directly below. There was an S10 Blazer parked across the way and the upper and lower tire rack hinges suspiciously lined up with the high dent and the lower trim piece. I pointed this out to the county police officer who made a report, and he couldn’t be bothered to attempt to find the owner of the (Fulton Co. GA LOCAL PLATE) S10 Blazer to interview them. I told my insurance company my suspicions and I don’t know if it was worth their time to contact said Blazer’s owner but they paid to repair my truck. No note, of course.

    When I was in high school I witnessed someone back into my classmate’s 1970 Mach1 Mustang and damage it pretty good. They left a note, and I went and got the owner who caught them writing the note before they took off.

    I’ve heard of people finding notes on their damaged car stating “sorry I hit your car, someone’s watching me so I’m writing a note pretending to give my details…bye!”

  • avatar
    autojim

    I bumped a parked SUV with my truck in a grocery store parking lot a couple years ago — only time that’s ever happened to me — and was writing a note for them when the owner came out. We exchanged info, my insurance covered fixing her bumper, and my premiums went up as expected, so I’d say that’s doing it right.

    I’ve had my parked cars hit, though, and I’ve never seen a note — the best one, though, was the Saudi student at university who nailed the left front of my ’65 Mustang in the dorm parking lot. He denied it to my face repeatedly, despite a good dozen people witnessing the hit and telling me exactly who did it.

    I got the car repaired myself (assembled an engine for the body shop guy in part exchange) and a month or so later, an earnest-looking gentleman knocks on my dorm room door. It’s the student’s father, who is Most Displeased with how his son had acted (seems one of his cousins ratted him out to his dad for bringing shame to the family as a liar and shirker of responsibility). The son is there to apologize, and after some discussion about how much the I’m given a bank draft (from a local bank) for the cost of repairs plus some extra for my trouble.

    But I’ve received lots of bumps and scrapes since and never a note.

  • avatar
    Felis Concolor

    I have never received a contact note after several random damage events, but I did track one of the perpetrators down several years ago after damage to the corner of the back yard fence. It was pretty easy; a beat up Ford Aspire with splinters embedded in the bumper skin and part of a stake sticking out of the grille was an obvious giveaway the neighborhood kids were screwing around in the alley.

    Twice after unfortunate parking lot scrapes, I have left a note – or in one case, called the owner directly. The 2nd encounter involved my returning home and, upon exiting the van, noticing some red paint on the bumper which matched the hue of a recently repainted ’75 Firebird I had parked next to at a car stereo shop. I called up the shop to confess my guilt and the owner, a recent acquaintance, was so impressed by my honesty and rapid response he not only said “don’t worry about it,” he offered me a discount on my next purchase. Perhaps having a paint shop along with the stereo shop gave him the “no big deal” attitude.

    It worked out very well for him; my next 3 system purchases were from his shop, all of them in the healthy 4 figure range.

  • avatar
    alexndr333

    My Mazda pick-up was parked in the high school lot one weekend so I could run on their track. When I returned, the rear fender was dented and a note was under the wiper. The name and number were real, and the fellow was a coach at the school who was saw the student who hit my car. The coach had us all meet as he wanted the kid to understand the importance of fessing up to one’s own actions; he was also the auto-shop teacher who repaired and repainted my truck wound in his own shop at no cost to me. Win-win.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Been hit twice when parked on the street at my parents. Once was a side scrape overnight (no note), with minor paint and body damage to my previously mark-free pearl 90S. I was pissed, I cleaned up the scrape and got all the teal Cavalier (?) paint off, and sold the car shortly after.

    Second time, 19 year old driver of his mom’s Wrangler decided to turn around in my parent’s drive. Didn’t look behind him, and slammed his rear tire right into the driver’s door of my pearl I30. Door panel caved in, he was about to drive off. Unluckily for him, my dad happened to be in the garage with the door open, and ran out there, telling him “GIVE ME YOUR F*CKING KEYS.” And there they sat until the cops and his mom came, with him crying. That was something like $2100 for a new door skin.

    Third time was a runaway cart at a Wal-Mart, into the driver’s door of my previously-perfect D2 A8L. Store paid for that at $1300, as their insurance company found they were not maintaining the cart levels to standard in the lot at the time of the dent.

    So, no notes. But from what I hear shopping carts can’t write well.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      “But from what I hear shopping carts can’t write well.”

      Neither can the employees collecting the shopping carts.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        Lol.

        I should have known better than to park an $80k car up front at Wal-Markz anyway. And it was melange metallic, since I forgot to mention color there.

        • 0 avatar
          gtemnykh

          I should have known better than to park an $80k car up front at Wal-Markz anyway.

          Pretty big asterisk by the “$80k” figure there, it was a well worn used car when you owned it, no? I mean I see plenty of BHPH Range Rovers at my walmart, never looks out of place IMO.

          The local Kroger by my new house is really awful (read: Kroghetto). Literally no one puts the carts back once they unload their bags, and the hapless employees can’t keep up. For this reason (and lower prices and better produce selection) I take a half hour trip up to the Meijer.

          Oh and Corey, as a connoisseur of all things BHPH, you’d appreciate the current scene at one end of my street: Jaguar X-type on rimz, 07-ish Impala with a space saver rear tire and a missing front fender, ‘whale’ caprice on a lifted suspension but with plain old black steelies.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Define well worn!

            It was 10 years old, had about 105K miles on it, and not a single dang scratch, until then. It had one prior owner, a surgeon in the Columbus area (that suburb where the wealthy live, can’t think of the name) who maintained it meticulously at the dealer. So well worn, I’d disagree.

            And people of Wal-Mark don’t know how old it is, it’s just a large shiny German car.

            It sounds like you need to move out of Compton, Indiana!

          • 0 avatar
            sgeffe

            @CoreyDL: I’d guess Worthington or Dublin (where Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial golf tournament is held annually). Perhaps one of the Baruths or another B&B resident of Buckeye Nation could clarify this.

            Never have needed to leave a note, but I had my last car (2006 Accord) love-tapped in the rear, then in a separate incident, had the car keyed ** in the parking lot of the County Title Bureau while I was obtaining the actual title after the car was paid-off! **

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            It was Dublin, that’s the place!

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        I is write good and sh**.

  • avatar
    Corporate Person

    When I’ve seen this happen I’ve added the note writers license plate to the note after they’ve left just in case they’re employing the fake note strategy. I wish someone had done the same for me. I would guess these jerks are the same people that look the other way, bag in hand while their dog makes a deposit. A quick look around for eye witnesses and then they walk away like they didn’t notice.

  • avatar
    onyxtape

    Never a note on anything – whether mine was a crappy or more premium car, whether I was parked at a Walmart or a higher end establishment. People are just equally crappy.

    Or sometimes it’s not even a complete stranger – that one time a few months ago when it was a coworker who backed into my car, while I was sitting in it. I confronted him at the next stop light. He just flat-out denied it and took off. I called the cops on him for a hit and run.

    The cops were initially very excited because the guy had a Spanish last name and they assumed he was an illegal or something and was itching to go pick him up at home. Then I told them, no, he’s like a business admin or something at my workplace. When the cops eventually caught up with him, he still refused to give his insurance info until the cops threatened to haul him in front of a judge on a monthly basis to show proof of his insurance.

    In the end – his insurance refused to pay due to lack of witnesses. Boo.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      That’s a d!ck move, I hate that guy. No security cams? Why didn’t you get out when he hit you!

      Might have turned him in to HR if the accident happened on private work property.

      • 0 avatar
        onyxtape

        Too far off company property for the security cam to catch it, and he took off immediately (he must have known by the “bump”, despite his claims to the contrary). But I caught up with him at the next stoplight.

  • avatar
    Curt in WPG

    Many years ago I witnessed a hit and run and did nothing about it. That stuck with me to this day (I still feel aweful about it) and I vowed long ago to always do the right thing. I have never hit another vehicle but I have left notes for drivers offering to be a witness multiple times. I was almost beaten up by a couple guys who knew I saw them hit a car and take off – they must have seen me leaving the note and came back to confront me about it. Luckily it was daytime in a busy parking lot and the car’s owners returned as we were having a heated conversation. Another time I witnessed an ambulance knocking off a guy’s mirror – my wife went into a restaurant to fine the owner and I filed an insurance statement for the guy. Know my own vehicles have been hit a couple times with no note but there are some of us out there who do the right thing.

  • avatar
    brandloyalty

    I left a note once.

    We witnessed someone pull out of a parallel parking space across from an outdoor restaurant terrace. In doing so, they pulled the front bumper off a VW Beetle (this was some years ago). The folks at the restaurant thought this was funny.

    The driver stopped, slunk to the VW, and just sat the VW’s bumper back in place on the car’s bumper supports. The folks at the restaurant were laughing harder.

    The driver left. The crowd went wild.

    I got out, wrote the license number of the offender on a piece of paper and left the note on the VW. The restaurant observers were falling out of their chairs.

  • avatar
    64andahalf

    I once saw a car in a parking lot back up into a parked car and drive away. I ran after it, reciting its license plate in my mind and he had to slow down to turn. I jumped out in front of the car before he could turn, reciting his license out loud. He put down his window and i, out of breath, recited his license out loud and said that I saw what happened and either he could leave a note or I would leave a note regarding his hit and run. He had nowhere to hide, parked the car, and went to leave a note when the owner of the hit car came out and the sneak was forced to fess up.

  • avatar
    sastexan

    Odyssey was hit and run. Guy waiting for parking spot saw the perp hit the van hard enough it moved, pulled forward to inspect damage, then back up and took off. The witness got his plate and left it and his business card on windshield. Nearly $2k of damage. Called cops, got an accident report, charges filed.

    DA pleas it to one count negligent, I make a statement that the plea doesn’t represent the guy taking responsibility for leaving the scene, then the judge proceeds to give ME a lecture how by the perp hiring an attorney and taking off of work, the perp is accepting responsibility and gives him a $500. No mention of the amount of headache I had to go through to track the guy down, deal with his insurance, get the car fixed, then show up in court to make a statement. Let’s say I was steaming.

    This was one month ago.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Was having the dents and dings I stated about up the thread addressed, and while driving the body shop’s loaner Focus, was T-boned by a bus whose driver ran a red light. I was originally called as a witness, but when I called the court a day before, I was told I didn’t need to appear. As it turned out, the SOB driver pled out to faulty brakes!! (If it would have been up to me the day of that accident, that driver would have gone home in pieces, ifyaknowwutImean!!)

      At least it wasn’t MY car that took the hit.

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    jdmcomp

    Oh, yes, a note was left but the person refused to pay for the damages even after leaving a note stating they would. A dented door is not a $20 repair, especially when the dent is more then 4 inches across. And this was a PHD medical type. So in the end what is the difference? I am talking about you
    David and Rebecca Jobe.

  • avatar

    My wife’s car was hit while parked in an upscale Seattle shopping center’s garage. The woman who backed into it left a note apologizing and giving her number. I called her and she was a real person. I got a quote for repair from a body shop and then she elected to go through her insurance since it warranted a new bumper wrap.

    I then got it fixed a month later, and besides a snafu caused by her insurance company not communicating with the rental car company it was entirely without hassle, and without cost to me.

    Cliffs Notes: Some decent people exist, and they apparently shop at nice places in Seattle.


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