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Some background, so please bear with me. Brand new car, 4 weeks old with just 430 miles on it, got rear-ended. Driver found at fault by police. Her insurance (I have a different insurance company) agrees to pay for repairs and car-rental but not at first. They had to talk to the driver before they authorized anything. I talked to them every day for five days straight and they could not reach the driver (her father-in-law owned the vehicle and the policy but they could not reach her). I had to track down her cell number and give it to them before they were able to reach her. Finally approved everything including the rental I had to get on the first day since I needed to get to work. Had car rental for three weeks while car was in shop.

Today, I got a flat tire on the rental during lunch and needed to get back to work so I changed the tire myself. Since I was told the insurance company was only going to pay for it at their rate and nothing additional, I waived all optional insurance coverage by the rental place. I would not get reimbursed for those fees. After work, was able to get my car back from shop. So I go to drop off the rental. We can see the flat tire has a screw in it that penetrated the sidewall so the tire will need to be replaced. Rental car says I have to pay for it. It is an expensive tire to replace, ~$120+.

I called my insurance company and they suggested I talk to the other insurance company. I called the insurance company paying for the rental and repairs. They said they won't pay for the tire replacement although they were paying for the rental, and that I should go through my insurance. Of course, if I go through my insurance company I have a deductible to pay so basically it has to come out of my pocket.

I explained to the other insurance that I feel they should pay. If it was not for the fact that their policy holder caused the accident, I would not have needed the rental and thus not had to pay for a new tire on a rental. If it was my vehicle, then yes, I would pay but I would have a tire to show for it and the tires I purchase for my vehicles have road hazard warranty. I do not carry that through my insurance because of that. They refused to pay.

I am going to check back with my insurance company tomorrow to see if they have any additional thoughts but I was wondering if I have any recourse to get the other insurance company to pay (State of Arkansas, other insurance company is State Farm). While I know this flat is no ones fault, I feel that I am taking on an expense that although indirectly related to the original accident, would had not occur if it were not for the accident (having to get a rental).

Please help. I know $120 may not seem much to some but to me it is and I have already spent several weeks dealing with State Farm and getting my vehicle repaired. I am very frustrated ever since this accident occurred. The only good thing so far is that the collision repair shop did a good job on fixing it and I finally have my not-so-new-anymore car back.

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