My 17 year old daughter alone in her white Pontiac G6, rear ended a large SUV at roughly 5-7 MPH. The collision popped out the left side of her front upper grill of which I have since popped back in, no other damage. The suv has remnants of white paint on the back bumper where she made contact.
The male driver of the suv immediately jumped out of his vehicle and called police, fire and ambulance. Attending were, paramedics, a fire truck, 2 cruisers and 2 tow trucks. The driver would not look or speak to my daughter who was visibly upset.
The police officer consoled my daughter and told her not to worry, she would not get a ticket as the roads were wet and the damage was virtually nil. He said the paint on the suv's back bumper could easily be buffed off, but he warned her that based on the comotion the driver of the suv had made, that she could expect that he may give her a hard time. There was an exchange of information and everyone drove off.
Two days go by and the driver of the suv contacted us today. He says he has 3 estimates for the repair with the cheapest being $1,856.37 to replace his back bumper and that we were to pay him directly. I told him I would be back to him within 24 hours and have just jumped on this forum seeking advice.
Please offer me some suggestions and/or options, I would really appreciate it. I really don't want to go through the insurance as I don't want to effect our record, but I am sure if an adjuster was to see the damage he would probably laugh. I know we're being scammed but don't know what to do. Thank you so much!