I allowed a (former) friend to borrow my car for a few hours to drop off his girlfriend with the understanding that he would be back to pick me up from work that night. He later called me telling me that on his way back he hit a deer and would be back the next day. He did not report the accident, though he told me he did. He also said that he had it towed to a shop and was paying for it to get fixed (all through text messages so it can be seen), but did none of this. The car was left in an abandoned lot (again, I thought it was in a shop) which I did not know until nearly 4 months later. However, he stated that he checked on it regularly. I began demanding that the car be brought back to a shop of my choosing immediately. A week later he went to "go get it" and called saying that it was gone, but that it was there a few days before. I reported it stolen and received a call from the officer the next morning saying that my car had been crushed a month after it was left there, though I was told the car was in a shop. He went up there the 2 weeks before it was crushed to get books from it, saying it was there in the shop. I waited because I had another car, but do not have it anymore.
You likely have a valid claim against your friend as his actions exceeded the scope of permissive use for the vehicle. I suggest you utilize the "Find a lawyer" feature to set up a consultation with a litigation attorney in your area to advise you about this situation and to provide you with specific legal advice as to how to proceed.
This information is given for legal education only. It may not work for your specific situation. It is not legal advice, and I am not your lawyer. You have to find your own local lawyer to get legal advice and help with your problem.
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