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Rear End Damage (advice requested)

I let my wife drive my car last week and she got rear ended... now the insurance company wants to total the car... I REALLY like my car, so I am tempted to take the difference between the salvage and the retail as a settlement for the damage, but I am worried that I may not be able to fix the damage completely enough to make the car drivable. Here is how it looks... the trunk lid is bowed, the left rear fender/q. panel is bent inward towards the trunk about 2 inches, and the opening for the trunk is pushed in about 2-3 inches. Also the bumper is toast and the left lights are also. I know I can bolt on a bumper and a trunk... I just don't know if I can get the rest of the car pulled back into shape. I really don't care how it looks at this point.. the thing runs better than most new cars and I just dropped $1500 into brakes and tires for it. I just don't see a reason to total it unless they are going to give me at least the "retail" for it... especially if I can make it drivable again...

What I am looking for is anyone who has had a similar experience and cares to share their "2 cents"...

Thanx, JT
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My first question is what year and trim level are we talking about? Depending on what you have vs what they will give you, you may be better served investing in something similiar that may be newer or in better shape. As it has been mentioned in several threads here, one of the big pricing problems we have is a flood of formal rentals and lease cars that are really dragging down the resale value of our cars. New parts can be taken off the old one and reused (make sure as part of the settlement that you get salvage rights before you start stripping).
There are so many horror stories concerning hidden damage, etc. that makes the cars never to be the same as before the wreck. You may discover that the car now goes down the road sideways, etc. I would almost say that it may be better to replace rather than fix your car.
But that's just my opinion, I'm sure there will be others...
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he has a 94 Eagle Vision TSI
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Chances are you would be unable to fix the car, but you could part it out for more than the scrap value and then haul it in to the scrap yard. Tranny should fetch 200 min. Engine (if 3.5) I would say 450. Seats who knows, you mentioned new upgraded brakes, should be able to find someone who will pay you for those. Doors, I paid 75 a piece for Fenders. And the list goes on. But chances are your frame rails are tweaked a bit and your car will never se a good alignment without a lot of work. I would do the same with mine, if I could afford a second car.
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I personally would not keep a car that has been wrecked. Once it's been hit, it's never quite the same again.
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Originally posted by 95trep
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That much damage to a '94 is definitelty totaled.

Someone drove into the side of my Trep two weeks ago and caved in the rear passenger door and bent the suspension and the damage was over $5000.

A '94 Eagle is going to Blue Book under $5000, which is why the insurer will want to total the vehicle.

I think you should take the money and find another vehicle. I know that's not what you want to hear but it is probably your best option. Of course if you know the body shop guy well he may be able to repair your vehicle for less money then the official insurance estimate.
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Take the money and find another car. If you have a very low milage on yours, you may get some descent bucks for the parts.

Trans, Engine, A/C, Brakes, front suspension, tires
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