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A letter of demand is a letter to the other party asking for money to be paid. It warns the other party that if this is not done you may start a Court case to recover the money they owe you.
If your car was damaged in a car accident and you believe that the other driver was at-fault, you may wish to make a claim against them to recover the cost of repairs and other losses. It is important to clearly communicate to the other party the amount you are claiming and that you believe they were at-fault.
By sending a simple letter setting out your claim, you may convince them to pay the money and therefore avoid the need to start a case in Court. This will save you time and money. If you end up having to go to Court, the letter is evidence of you asking the other driver to pay you the cost of repairing your vehicle.
When writing your letter, you should include:
Your letter of demand should tell the other party:
Once you have written the letter:
Sample: Letter of demand – car accidents
After the other party gets your letter of demand they may:
If the other party has third party property or comprehensive insurance they may decide to make a claim on their insurance policy. In that case, the other party should give you a claim number so you can contact their insurer directly.
If you can't reach an agreement with the other party, you may need to decide whether to start a case in court. It is a good idea to try and resolve your dispute with the other party, before going to Court.
For more information, see Settling your dispute.