My neighbor's kid scratched my car. He refuses to pay. Should I sue him?
So this kid, around 4 or 5, is always riding his stupid little bike without any rubber handle on the metal bar and scratched the door of my car. It's quite a big scratch. I brought it up with the kid's father (my neighbor) who at first said he'll take the pictures of the car and show it to his mechanic. Meanwhile, I asked my mechanic and he put the estimate at roughly 650 dollars, entire door will be painted plus the blending of the adjacent areas. My neighbor refuses to pay that amount and instead insists I take the car over to his mechanic. I dont like that option because it's a new Mustang GT, I dont want some lousy paint job ruining my car. He has yet to tell me an estimate from his mechanic but something tells me he wont pay over $200 or wont pay at all.
I'm really angry, too cuz his kid is still riding the same bike on the block and parents obviously don't give a damn. I want to sue the guy and take him to court but dont know how these small claims decisions work out. Is it just a settlement of half the price or will it be thrown out because it was an accident?