Well here goes, my first post, I’m looking for some bright advice from fellow Rioters. I was having some car battery trouble recently and unsuccessfully tried to jumpstart my car. Couldnt get it going and had to leave it further down the street on the nature strip (ie all wheels completely off the road) until i could get it towed back. I came back later that afternoon and someone had backed into my car. Now, I’m no detective, but noting where the car had been hit there was only one driveway the car couldve been exiting – the same house in our street frequented by police – where I’d noticed a blue car earlier that day. My front panel was smashed in with blue paint marks left on my car.
I went and knocked on their door – suprise suprise they immidiately knew I was there about the damaged car but had “no idea” how it had happened. I left and politely pointed out that I’d be keeping an eye out for the offending car in future.
Low and behold today (about a month after original incident) I saw a blue car out the front of their house, went down and it had damage to the rear bumper matching the exact point of contact had the car reversed into mine from their driveway. I went and knocked and was greeted with a bit of drunken abuse (at 10am) from inside the house, denials etc.
It turns out the car is owned by the guys mum who was visiting them. She came out and had an unconvincing story about another accident a few years ago.
It seems obvious to me this is the offending car given the fresh damage and exact matching paint to that left on my car. I grabbed a quick photo of licence plate and damage. At the time of the initial accident I spoke to the police but was told that even if I found the car no charges could be laid unless the driver was established. Their advice was it’s unlikely one of them would own up so basically there was nothing they could do. The officer was very polite but realistic about the chances.
My question/s to you is whether I can arrange my own testing of the paint left on my car to prove that was the offending vehicle and take some sort of action myself. Is there anyone who does this sort of testing privately (and cheaply)? Should the police be helping me?
For what it’s worth we’ve always made an effort to be neighbourly to these people despite the regular trouble at the house – which really makes me want to know if it was them.
Or should I just cut my losses and forget it ever happened?