Long story short, I got in a fender bender about 6 mos or so ago. I wasn't hurt, but the other idiot did about $2500 in damage to my car. He was found at fault by the officer on-scene (who didn't ticket him because he wanted to get involved in a chase going on a few miles away) and didn't have any insurance. Actually, he showed me an insurance card on-site, but it turned out to be his parents insurance that did not cover the car he was driving. Anyway, I got my insurance involved, coughed up my $1,000 deductible and they said they'd go after the punk high school kid for my deductible. I was fine with this. I just got a letter saying that the kid and his parents are not being cooperative. Therefore they're going to turn the kid over to a collections agency. They're saying the cost of the collections agency will come out of my $1000. I have the option of having them call off the dogs and go after the idiot myself in small claims. I'm wondering if it's worth the hassle. Has anyone gone to small claims before?