If a mechanic started my car on fire and caused damage, should I alert my insurance company?
I had my car at a local mechanic to have a tow package installed. While near the rear passenger inner panel caught fire, damaging the interior, seating, and some electrical/AC components. I don't know the total damage yet, but the estimate is nearing $6,000 on a vehicle lucky to break $8,500 total value (2011 Dodge Grand Caravan). I'm hesitant to receive repairs since it nears the "totaling" value, but I am not sure of my options. I feel like if either party has insurance involved then my car may be totaled. Both options seem to draw headaches.
I'm sorry to hear about your accident.