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Scratched a Car - What now?

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    Firstly I would like to say I understand that I am FULLY in the wrong a deserve whatever is coming for me, I just want to know how the process works and what to expect.

    On Wednesday I was in a paid multi story car park, as I was reversing out of my space my car kept stalling over and over. I have been driving since the end of May and when I get nervous it just keeps happening. When I reversed out I saw that the car next to mine had a slight scratch on the front left side that wasn't there before, there was already a queue of cars behind me and I was panicked so I drove away. When I arrived home I checked my car, I had a slight scratch on my car parallel to where the other car would have been. There was no force or noise so I wasn't sure if I had scratched it until checking my car.

    Obviously I know that the scratch must've been me, and the car park had CCTV so I assume the driver would follow this up.

    What happens next? I know I can receive from 5-10 points and a fine of up to £5000 for leaving. I would like to know if the police will come knock on my door, or if I will receive a letter in the post being charged with the offences, or both?

    Contact the car park, explain that you didn't think you hit it at the time but when you got home (and saw the damage) you realised you must have. Ask them to review footage and send you the details. Even if they don't, you will have a paper trail in case the other car reports you to their insurance.

    Most likely outcome is the other party involved will just mutter obscenities and ignore it. If they do pursue it, you'll likely just get a letter from insurance company letting you know.

    Best thing to do is stop worrying, it is highly likely nothing will ever come of it.

    Just a quick tip on the stalling front, when you stall just take a deep breath before trying again - I'm the same and it works for me

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    don't do anything, 90% of the time people won't speak to the place about cctv. Even if the cctv saw you it probably isn't high enough quality to make out your plate.

    Lol nothing's gonna happen

    You're a new driver still, this is gonna be your life for the next few months
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