My son was in an accident with his 2004 Honda Accord coupe. The claims adjuster is totaling the car saying there is $9,000 in damage and the car is worth $10,500. He has offered us to keep the car as a salvage for $2500. He is saying the biggest cost of the repair is due to the front frame rails are bent and in order to fix properly, the engine will need to be pulled and the rails replaced. We have brought the car to 3 body shops who have quoted anywhere from $4500 to $8500 to repair. The $4500 repair is saying they can straighten the frame. Is it safe to go this route as opposed to replacing? If we take the $10k we have driven the car for free for 2 years (negative-we have to find another car) but if we keep it and can repair it for $4500 we should be able to get another 100-150k miles.
Personally, I would take the money and find another car. When the engine is removed more damage could be found that would drive the repair price up.
i agree you should just take the money and buy another car. even if they fix it, you may have problems come up or problems that won't go away. since it is your son's car wouldn't you feel better knowing he has a newer car that is safe to drive that won't give him any problems?
I also agree with the above posts, once the frame is damaged, you should walk away from it. The car will never be the same. It's only money and be thankful your son wasn't seriously injuried.
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