My car was stolen from a mechanic shop. A worker left the car running with the keys in the ignition, and went back into the store. My car was recovered this week and there is meth & crack cocaine residue in the car. The detective I am working told me to be very careful when I go see the car, wear gloves and a mask, and if I take possession of the car, to have it thoroughly cleaned. He suggested I throw away anything in there I don't absolutely need. My concern is that I do not want to take possession of a car that has drug contamination. I contacted a Bio-hazard company that deals with crime scene clean up, and they do not due meth contamination. She stated if I do find someone WILLING to do it, my vehicle will need to be stripped on the inside of any fabric material, including seats and carpet, then completely scrubbed down with a bio-hazard grade soap. The insides of the car will need to be replaced with new uncontaminated materials and new seats. I have yet to be contacted by an insurance adjuster from the shop, but have been given a claim number from shop manager. At this point, I am not sure how to approach insurance when they contact me. Any suggestions on what to do?
Get an estimate to completely fix the car. If the estimate is less than the car's fair market value, then ask the insurance company to give you that amount so you can fix it. If the estimate is more than the car's fair market value, then ask the insurance company to give you the fair market value of the car, then use that money to get a new car.
This communication is general in nature and not to be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship. All situations are different and you should meet with and discuss your particular situation with an attorney.
Damages you have incurred on the car can be recovered from the auto shop from which it was stolen
A "bailment" was created when the auto shop took possession of your car. They have an obligation to protect your car and return it to you in the same or better condition. You may recover the damage to your car rom the auto repair shop.
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