My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: CA
my 2002 suv (only 50k miles)was stolen from a major dealers body shop after being there for 3 weeks.(accident repair) the vehicle was left unlocked with the keys inside of it. the vehicle was inside their garage, the body shop was closed but the service center was still open (getting ready to close though). the thief walked into their garage in the afternoon and drove out. the vehicle was found abandoned 3 days later with my high end stereo equipment taken, back seat and seat belts ripped to shreads. floor and side panels taken up to gain access to the wiring. the vehicle has been recovered for 2 months and still no resolution. they filed a claim with their insurance company who is going to pay me for my valuables and pay them to repair my vehicle. the whole thing smells like an inside job but i cant prove it. in the beginning they agreed with me, but now that its time to put their money where their mouth is, they are denying it. the vehicle was supposed to be finished on a friday, late that day they calll to say their was a paint flaw and they had to keep it til monday. the next day it was stolen. the thief picked the perfect time, the shop was closed but the gate was still open since the service center was getting ready to close. since it was taken on a saturday, no police report could be filed until monday (giving them 2 days to strip it w/o the police looking for the vehicle) as i stated before the keys were left in it. legally do i have to take my vehicle back? the dealer does not want to give me a new vehicle or blue book value for my vehicle. after arguing my point for weeks, i was offered $2000 for my troubles or $9000 off a new SUV. they devalued my vehicle and wont take it as a trade in for either deal. im 110% this was an inside job, but like i said, i cant prove it. their insurance is also paying for my rental car. again, the vehicle was recovered 2 months ago and still nothing. the dealer is blaming it on their insurance co.
so after all that my questions are this.....
if this was you, what would you do?
do i have a good chance of suing for negligence or is their offer fair and im just blinded by anger?