Question

If I backed into a car in the parking lot and didn't leave my information, am I able to provide my information at a later date?

I was backing out of a parking space at my apartment complex and bumped a parked car. I pulled back into my spot and went back into my apartment to get a pen and paper to leave a note. When I came back downstairs, the other car was gone. It has been four days and I finally see the car back in the complex. Can I still leave a note for the owner or has it been too long to file a claim?

May 15, 2017 Tempe, AZ

Answer
Neil Richardson

May 15, 2017

in the state of Arizona, you technically have up to 2 years from the date of the incident to file a claim. While I would not recommend waiting that long, the point is that you are still well within the window to have your insurance cover the other vehicle's damage. The right thing to do is leave a note, when you see the vehicle again, with your contact info so you can coordinate with the owner of the damaged vehicle on covering the repair. A quick call to your insurance company once you've spoke with the other driver should get the ball rolling. Or you could always pay for the damage out of pocket.

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