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    • Katiemay26
    • By Katiemay26 17th Apr 18, 7:12 PM
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    Driving instructor charging for scrape on car
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    • 17th Apr 18, 7:12 PM
    Driving instructor charging for scrape on car 17th Apr 18 at 7:12 PM
    Hi. My daughter sat her driving test yesterday and she scraped the curb slightly while out. Her driving instructor is now saying she needs to pay for the damage to his alloy. Can he do this? I have never heard of this. I would of thought surely as an instructor if there is any damage by a student it would be covered by his insurance? Can anyone advise please. Thanks
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    • glentoran99
    • By glentoran99 17th Apr 18, 7:14 PM
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    Tell him to jog on, The fee you pay the instructor is to cover his insurance etc


    Take it she failed?
    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 17th Apr 18, 7:14 PM
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    Surely this must happen all the time. It's not like the learner gets to inspect the car (in a hire care type fashion) before and after every lesson so how can he prove it was your daughter.

    I'd tell him to stuff it!
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    • Katiemay26
    • By Katiemay26 17th Apr 18, 7:16 PM
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    She passed with only 3 minors. So pleased for her but this has put a dampener on it.
    • Nobbie1967
    • By Nobbie1967 17th Apr 18, 7:29 PM
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    Yes, she damaged someone else's property. The instructor may be insured, but the excess is likely to be far greater than the cost of refurbing the wheel, so it would come straight out of their pocket. How is that fair?

    How much is he asking?
    • Katiemay26
    • By Katiemay26 17th Apr 18, 7:33 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 7:33 PM
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    • 17th Apr 18, 7:33 PM
    He originally said she would have to pay £400 To replace the alloy. It is only a scrape though so we are waiting to hear if he is getting a price for repair
    • martinthebandit
    • By martinthebandit 17th Apr 18, 7:37 PM
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    Yes, she damaged someone else's property. The instructor may be insured, but the excess is likely to be far greater than the cost of refurbing the wheel, so it would come straight out of their pocket. How is that fair?

    How much is he asking?
    Originally posted by Nobbie1967
    The amount of excess is the driving instructors choice, he could have bought a policy with zero excess, how is it fair that the OP's daughter pays out because the instructor gambled (with the amount of excess) and lost?

    OP I'd be telling him to jog on as well.



    PS OP congrats to your daughter
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    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 17th Apr 18, 7:45 PM
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    The amount of excess is the driving instructors choice, he could have bought a policy with zero excess, how is it fair that the OP's daughter pays out because the instructor gambled (with the amount of excess) and lost?

    OP I'd be telling him to jog on as well.



    PS OP congrats to your daughter
    Originally posted by martinthebandit

    Jog on and add her straight to the CUE database. Good luck with her getting insurance.
    • Car 54
    • By Car 54 17th Apr 18, 7:51 PM
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    Alloys and driving instruction do not mix well!

    Was this before the test? If so, it's the instructor's fault.

    Or on the test itself? Why didn't she fail? The examiner must have thought it trivial.
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 17th Apr 18, 7:54 PM
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    The insurance may be different if she's under instruction rather than a test, as technically the instructor is in control.

    No way should an alloy cost £400 though. Get the specs and see if you can just buy him an alloy yourself and pay a local tyre place a fiver to swap the tyre.
    • loskie
    • By loskie 17th Apr 18, 7:55 PM
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    It would only be reasonable to request this if an agreement was made with the instructor prior to using him.
    Have you entered into a contract without checking all the details.

    To me the whole thing sounds ludicrous.
    • z1a
    • By z1a 17th Apr 18, 7:57 PM
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    I'd tell him to do one as well. I'd also make sure any potential pupils are aware as well via antisocial media.
    • ic
    • By ic 17th Apr 18, 8:00 PM
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    My next door neighbour is a driving instructor. He has steel wheels with plastic hub caps - they're inevitably scraped to !!!!!!y!

    I too would tell him to shove it.
    * my posts are made in good faith and only represent my own opinion, experience or understanding of a situation.
    • jimjames
    • By jimjames 17th Apr 18, 8:08 PM
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    The insurance may be different if she's under instruction rather than a test, as technically the instructor is in control.

    No way should an alloy cost £400 though. Get the specs and see if you can just buy him an alloy yourself and pay a local tyre place a fiver to swap the tyre.
    Originally posted by Herzlos
    Just had alloys repaired, cost was £65 each so £400 is OTT
    Remember the saying: if it looks too good to be true it almost certainly is.
    • markudman
    • By markudman 17th Apr 18, 8:19 PM
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    Tell him to jog on, your daughter ( congrats to your daughter) has finished with him and does not need him anymore, like a old boyfriend, excess, £400 for a new alloy, what was she learning in a Mercedes?
    was the car brand new?
    also look at the other wheels and see if they are damaged,
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    • Katiemay26
    • By Katiemay26 17th Apr 18, 8:21 PM
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    No contract signed. We have had trouble this last week with him. He made her pay an extra £132 this week alone in lessons as kept saying she was not allowed to sit her test in his car till she passed a mock test with him. He has been a nervous wreck all week. We are angry as it is and this is the icing on the cake
    • Lorian
    • By Lorian 17th Apr 18, 8:24 PM
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    Wow - how many hours of lessons in one week for £132?
    • Katiemay26
    • By Katiemay26 17th Apr 18, 8:24 PM
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    It was slight scrape on curb while reverse parking examiner said it was nothing as never mounted or anything. It is only a scuff at edge of alloy
    • Katiemay26
    • By Katiemay26 17th Apr 18, 8:26 PM
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    She has had to do 2 he lessons at a time at a cost of £44 per lesson. She has had an extra 6 hrs of lessons this week as he was going to stop her sitting test in his car
    • markudman
    • By markudman 17th Apr 18, 8:27 PM
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    Give me his number I'll tell him to jog on, let find out were he advertises, and warn others about him Grrr
    We may not win by protesting, but if we donít protest we will lose.
    If we stand up to them, there is always a chance we will win.
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