Minor Car Accident - Not Sure if at Fault
Last edited 16/05/2019 - 11:37
Just need some quick advice on a small vehicle accident which occurred to me on Sunday night.
I was at a shopping centre car park, reversing out and was about 3/4 out when my right-back bumper colliding with another car's left-back bumper of whom started reversing (and didn't see me..?) in the opposite direction.
My vehicle is virtually unscathed whilst the other vehicle had some damage - I was on a higher elevation so their rear light and bumper were damaged enough to require repairs.
Although I believe the other driver was at fault, I was happy to say we hit each other and leave it at that, the other person also agreed. We exchanged details and information.
They have now texted me with an invoice they received for repairs for $900 and asking me: "How do you want to go about it from here?". Whereas my vehicle's damage is negligible and I will not look at getting repairs done.
I was under the impression that they would sort their damage out, and that I was responsible for my own damage.
Additionally, their license I took a picture of was expired and they were a 'provisional' driver which had expired a year ago and they did not display 'P' plates - maybe they provided me an older license? Probably not relevant but may be if police are involved and they are legally not allowed to drive…?
Does anyone have any advice as to how to approach this or have been in a similar situation?
I don't necessarily want to get insurance involved and be forced to claim and pay an excess etc. Especially as I believe I wasn't at fault. My girlfriend was in my passenger's seat as a witness and the other vehicle only had a single driver and no passengers.
Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated!
PHOTOS - My car is the silver Astra, the other party's is the white Corolla.