His Neighbor Purposefully Crashed Into His Car, but the Man Caught it on Video and Got Petty Revenge

At the age of 16, a man acquired an old car for $2,000. Now, at 26, he still relies on this trusty vehicle 10 years later, despite its dented and rusty exterior. Unfortunately, someone would soon damage the man’s car, a decision that would fuel an insurance claim that some would find petty and unnecessary.

His Beloved Old Banger

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Despite the car being an ‘old banger’, the man loved it. “In the time I’ve had it, I’ve learned a lot about car maintenance”, he explained. “I fix it up with junkyard parts and it’s pretty cheap to keep running. It’s dented and rusty as all hell but it drives well and it’s cheap, it’s my pride and joy.”

Neighborly Parking Woes

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The man would park his car on his street since he lacks a driveway or garage space, while his neighbor prefers the convenience of his driveway. This has caused some friction due to the neighbor’s difficulty navigating his large truck around the parked car.

Seeking a Compromise

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The man attempted to address the issue fairly by proposing to adjust his parking position on the street. However, his neighbor wasn’t satisfied with this solution and insisted that the car should not be parked on the street at all. 

Caught on Camera

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One day, the man witnessed his neighbor backing out of his driveway right into the side of his old car. “I couldn’t believe it, so I grabbed my phone and started filming immediately”, he recounted. 

Documenting the Damage

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Stepping out to inspect the damage, the man continued recording. “I walked out to the car and got a good video of the damage to the door panel”, he continued. “It was dented and scratched badly.”

No Repairs Necessary

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However, the man wasn’t too concerned about his car; it was always very beaten up, and it still drove fine, so it wasn’t a problem. However, he was more furious about the principal, as his neighbor had committed a hit-and-run, and the man expected the collision was intentional.

Filing a Claim

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In an act of revenge, the man decided to file an insurance claim against his neighbor. He submitted the video footage, which clearly captured the neighbor’s license plate, to the insurance company. This marked the beginning of a process he hadn’t initially anticipated.

A Necessary Police Report

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To the man’s surprise, the insurance company requested a police report to address the hit-and-run situation. The man obliged and filed the necessary report.

A Generous Payout

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The insurance company offered a payout of $1,600, seemingly based on the estimated value of the car model. It appeared that the insurer had overlooked the car’s DIY fixes and extensive wear and tear.

Confrontation at the Doorstep

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However, his celebrations were interrupted by a visit from his neighbor. He came to the man’s house, visibly angry and seeking a confrontation. Fortunately, the landlord intervened, firmly instructing the neighbor to leave the premises. It was a moment of relief for the man, and he somewhat ashamedly admitted that he ran upstairs and hid from the angry neighbor.

Was All This Necessary 

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The man headed online to tell his story and seek answers as to whether he had acted petty by filing the insurance claim, despite having no intention of repairing his car. “Seriously?? He hit YOUR car and then got mad at you?” questioned one reader in shock “That guy sucks – you gave him what he deserved.”

The Car State Was Irrelevant

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Everyone defended the man’s decision to file a claim regardless of his ‘old banger’. “It doesn’t matter what state your car was in, at best he is an irresponsible driver, at worst he intentionally committed a crime because of an unreasonable vendetta – either way, he should face the consequences”, agreed another reader. 

One commenter drew parallels to a popular sitcom. “Your love for your old banger reminds me of Marshall and his car in How I Met Your Mother.

Learn to Drive

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The man was relieved to find that not only did his readers defend his decision profusely, but they didn’t hold back from berating his neighbor. “It sounds to me like he did this intentionally, so don’t feel bad – you gave him his just deserts”, concluded one commenter. “Don’t forget to remind him to learn how to drive though!”

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