Former Sunderland striker Bent gets his money

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DARREN Bent will recoup most of the £63,000 he forked out to rent an Aston Martin after an Appeal Court ruling.

When the former SAFC striker’s Mercedes CLS63 was damaged after a van hit it in London, he needed a replacement car to get to training and matches.

Bent, then with Tottenham, went to credit hire firm Accident Exchange and rented a DB9, at more than £570 per day.

The England star had the car for 94 days, running up a bill for £63,406.90.

He presented the bill to Allianz Insurance but they baulked at its size, which sparked a four-year legal row which entailed two county court hearings and two trips to the Court of Appeal.

In February, a judge said a reasonable sum for Bent to have spent on hiring a replacement car was £396 per day, a total of £43,738.

But this week, Appeal Court judges upped that figure to £55,719, after ruling that £504 was a reasonable daily rate.

Christopher Butcher QC said Bent was entitled to hire an “equivalent” car while his coupe was repaired, and it was wrong to assess the reasonable hire rate by performing comparisons with “different and lesser cars.”