The other thread about an FBO putting a hole in a wing and the airplane being down for 5 months reminded me of my experience where my airplane was damaged by another party and was down for 2 months. In this case, has anyone ever been successful in making the guilty party provide a free rental (dry) or at least reimburse for dry rental? When a monkey does something stupid and puts a $43k hole through a composite wing, why should the pilot owner suffer and not fly (for 5 crazy months which would drive me nuts)? In the automotive world, if somebody wrecks my car and it is down for repairs, their insurance company gives me a comped rental. And while yes, it is just a crappy rental junker, it is better than nothing. So I reiterate my question: has anyone been successful in getting a free or comped rental? I would like to know for future reference in case I get unlucky again. Not that I am planning on having my airplane damaged but I realize that people do all sorts of stupid sh*t.