A couple of days ago, I noticed someone had clipped my car in the underground carpark at work. I work as a consultant in the building of a client. The carpark is available only for the client's employees and their consultants (like me); it is not a public carpark.
There was no note, and I have received no word since the car was damaged. I have no water-proof way of identifying who actually did it, since there are no cameras or witnesses. The carpark holds about 50 vehicles. I looked around a bit and found multiple cars that have somewhat matching damage. I might add that not all cars are actually there at any given moment.
This is a company car, so the insurance is pretty good. However, when you can't identify a third party, you need to pay a contribution. My pay will be docked for part of this damage if I cannot identify someone else who is responsible.
It seems my choices are to pay the cost or ask my client to conduct an investigation. The former costs me money; the latter could annoy my client. I'm inclined to drop the issue (protecting the client relationship) but am annoyed that it will cost money out of my pocket. Are there better ways to proceed?