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Damage to car in car park

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Motoring
I parked my car in a car park on a small industrial estate. I drove into a designated parking space and found that my bumper was up against an approx. 30cm high small tree stump on the edge of the parking bay but situated in front of the post and rail fence I was using as a guide to how far I went in. The tarmac is crumbling away on the edge of the parking bay with weeds present so they could say that the stump isn't within the bay. However other cars in adjacent bays were parked further forward, closer to the post and rail fence. Damage to my bumper. Called the landlords who have said I parked at my own risk so won't consider. No signage in the car park stating you park at your own risk. I feel that this is negligence on their part as the tree stump wasn't visible driving in (I have a low car so didn't see it) and shouldn't be there. Is there anything I can go back to them with?
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  • AdrianCAdrianC Forumite
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    You drove into a 30cm high tree stump, and it's somebody else's fault...?

    Can we presume the stump was static, and didn't leap out in front of you?

    "But I couldn't see it, my car was too low" is a lousy excuse. There may have been somebody having a lie-down in the parking space. Would you have driven over them?
  • UncleZenUncleZen Forumite
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    You drove into a tree stump and you want someone to compensate you for your mistake - seriously?
  • Comms69Comms69 Forumite
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    Absolutely your fault.


    And there's no chance you'd miss a foot high stump.
  • Aylesbury_DuckAylesbury_Duck Forumite
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    Dianad wrote: »
    I parked my car in a car park on a small industrial estate. I drove into a designated parking space and found that my bumper was up against an approx. 30cm high small tree stump on the edge of the parking bay but situated in front of the post and rail fence I was using as a guide to how far I went in. The tarmac is crumbling away on the edge of the parking bay with weeds present so they could say that the stump isn't within the bay. However other cars in adjacent bays were parked further forward, closer to the post and rail fence. Damage to my bumper. Called the landlords who have said I parked at my own risk so won't consider. No signage in the car park stating you park at your own risk. I feel that this is negligence on their part as the tree stump wasn't visible driving in (I have a low car so didn't see it) and shouldn't be there. Is there anything I can go back to them with?
    Your insurance details? They may wish to claim for any damage you've caused to their property.
  • SystemSystem
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    Not following the "I drive a low car so didn't see it." I drive a low car, I'm more likely to see something like that than in my Mondeo.

    As others have said you've not a hope in hell. It is hardly like a 1ft high probably at least as wide if not wider tree stump is going to be invisible.
  • EdGasketTheSecondEdGasketTheSecond Forumite
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    Dianad wrote: »
    the tree stump wasn't visible driving in (I have a low car so didn't see it) and shouldn't be there. Is there anything I can go back to them with?


    A chain saw?
  • unholyangelunholyangel Forumite
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    Dianad wrote: »
    I parked my car in a car park on a small industrial estate. I drove into a designated parking space and found that my bumper was up against an approx. 30cm high small tree stump on the edge of the parking bay but situated in front of the post and rail fence I was using as a guide to how far I went in. The tarmac is crumbling away on the edge of the parking bay with weeds present so they could say that the stump isn't within the bay. However other cars in adjacent bays were parked further forward, closer to the post and rail fence. Damage to my bumper. Called the landlords who have said I parked at my own risk so won't consider. No signage in the car park stating you park at your own risk. I feel that this is negligence on their part as the tree stump wasn't visible driving in (I have a low car so didn't see it) and shouldn't be there. Is there anything I can go back to them with?

    A booster seat?

    Sorry, but I don't understand how you couldn't have seen it - regardless of what height your car is. Presumably your car didn't fall from the sky to land 1 ft in front of it.
    Money doesn't solve poverty.....it creates it.
  • Aylesbury_DuckAylesbury_Duck Forumite
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    A booster seat?

    Sorry, but I don't understand how you couldn't have seen it - regardless of what height your car is. Presumably your car didn't fall from the sky to land 1 ft in front of it.
    Quite. Presumably OP can't see road markings from her driver's seat, either. I'm amazed she could see the bay to park in it at all. Let's not even ask about zebra crossings, box junctions, give way markings...:eek:
  • MercdriverMercdriver Forumite
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    Shirley this is a wind up?
  • ScrapitScrapit Forumite
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    You should go back with an apology
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