I deal with this stuff for our clients. You can't just give him a figure.
You need an estimate. Go to the best classic car resto shop you can find
and get them to write an estimate. It should be free. Then present it.
But do it quickly. There may be a limit on how long you have to put a
claim in to your insurance.
If he wants to keep this off his insurance record, he will write the check
to you. He may possibly write the check to the shop, but you can still get
the work done.
Getting greedy about it will only come back to haunt you. IMO, he may even
be a better neighbor if you keep him from putting in a claim and jacking up
1963 Sunbeam Alpine Series III
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On Fri, May 6, 2011 at 6:43 PM, Rick Bastedo <rbastedo at gmail.com> wrote:
> He responded to my request for insurance info (by email) and said:
> "Come see me before. Let's talk."
> Just wants to write a check and be done most likely, wonder how much?
> Rick B.
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