Your car might get a new paint job

Posted at 6:59 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 08:48:20-04

Do you have to pay out-of-pocket if your vehicle becomes splattered with paint applied by the government to the roads?

It may seem like an unusually specific question, but it's one that 6 On Your Side reporter Ian McGrady has to wrestle with.

He noticed highway-yellow paint splattered in the wheel wells and on the left side of his car after having followed a highway painting vehicle. 

McGrady was in slowed commuter traffic following the government vehicle when he crossed into a median, and the fresh yellow paint got picked up by his tires and splattered along side his car. 

The Idaho Department of Transportation responded to our request for an interview by sending a claim form -- for which he must acquire two estimates -- along with instructions for removing highway paint from the car with a solvent that could damage the factory paint job on the car.

Insurance yield little comfort: he can pay a deductible and risk watching his premiums climb.

Or he can just pay for a new paint job out of pocket.

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