MOD: I was sorely tempted to lock this because you should KNOW by now that placing the STATE is extremely important when it comes to getting the correct legal advice. Call it a weakness or the fact I have Laryngitis and can't talk at all at the moment, I placed the STATE in for you. wisen up Got a friend who's in a spot of bother. Let me explain the situation. Raining, car in front decides at the last second that it wants to turn into some driveway, flashes the indicators and slams the brakes on. Friend hits the skids but can't stop in time on the wet road, and impacts the back of the car. Okay, fairly cut'n'dried case of it being my friend's fault, and this is NOT about attributing blame. Friend does not have insurance, but can we save the wailing about that too, this is not about that. Friend receives a letter from the car driver's insurance company, AAMI, asking for $2800 for the damages. Fair enough really. Here's where it gets odd. The car driver has then gotten their solicitor to draw up an additional letter of demand for $13000 for damages to the car, and sent that to my friend independently of the AAMI sourced damage amount. Is this correct? Does this person have a legal leg to stand on with respect to demanding for more damages over and above what AAMI have assessed the damages resulting from the incident to be? I know from a prior claim from my wife with AAMI that AAMI rarely do a new for old replacement policy, and typically will do in-house repair jobs paid for by their own people which is what keeps their premiums down, so it's got me wondering if the car driver is trying to hit my friend up for the cost of new for old part replacement 'cos they're not happy with AAMI's repair policy. Just a thought though. I don't really know what the car driver's story is, just that I didn't think it was right for the car driver to be demanding for additional damages over and above what their insurance company is claiming for. Thoughts? Is the car driver just trying it on for size?