I am not concerned about the money, only with the safety of the vehicle. Because the value of the car is less than the cost of the repairs, the insurance company is declaring it a total loss. If I keep the car, I don't plan on ever selling it so I'm not concerned with the carfax either.
The grill is pushed in a little but the sides of the car are not "crumpled". I'm not sure the right term, but the exterior plate on the front drivers side of the car was pushed back so it was flush with the driver door and the wheel well was against the tire.
I understand the safety of the vehicle will not be 100% of what it was before the accident. I want to know if it will be significantly less safe and in what way.
It is currently at a body shop. I was quoted $7000-$8000 for repairs which I am willing to pay because the car has a lot of sentimental value to me (even though it's twice the value of the car). It sounds like replacing the frame would be very expensive and I'm guessing the repair estimate was for repairing the frame not replacing it. If it would boost the repair cost much higher, I'm not sure I can do that. Can you give me an idea of what that might cost? Also, I might be able to get another 87 Cabriolet that can be used for body parts (the frame, the parts that hold the bumper with crumple zones I mentioned earlier). How much could that help to keep down cost, if at all?
Thank you for your help. I may have follow up questions for you after taking another look at my car.