What are my rights and is there anything I can do about an accident for which I want to pay out of pocket but the owner of the car that I hit won't use the body shop that I want?

Question Details: I hit a parked car in a parking lot and damaged it. I'm not going to use insurance for the repair but rather pay out of pocket. I've gotten in contact with the owner and he got a quote for the repair which was $700. I got in contact with a reputable body shop that works with lots of large local dealerships and repairs a lot of vehicles and quoted me $450. However, the owner of the vehicle is refusing to go to the shop that I got the cheaper quote from and is threatening to make a claim with his insurance company.

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