Is there ever a choice by the consumer in totaling a car vs. repairing it after a major accident? Any advise?

Question by world.travler.17: Is there ever a choice by the consumer in totaling a car vs. repairing it after a major accident? Any advise?
I was t-boned in my driver door in my 2007 car. Three air bags were deployed and driver door had to be cut off to get me out. (VERY fortunately, I am safe and sound.) The Kelley Blue Book value is $ 18,675 and the repair estimate is $ 14,000. Financially, it is slightly better for me to repair the wrecked car but long run, I think it is better for the insurance company to declair the car a total loss. I am concerned about owning and reselling a car with a Carfax report stating that there has been so much damage. Do I have any say/pull in the decision and is there a better choice here?
The insurance company wants to pay the $ 14,000 to fix the car. I think I might be getting screwed.

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Answer by nigelshiftright
You don’t really have any choice but from your numbers I doubt the car would be repaired. The Kelley prices are artificially high and the insurance company won’t use that number anyway.

As soon as they hit about 80% of what they think is fair market value (lower than the Kelley number) they will total the car.

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What was painted on top of junk cars near the Neb/Wyo border in the 50’s and why were the cars there?

Question by Appleman: What was painted on top of junk cars near the Neb/Wyo border in the 50’s and why were the cars there?
I recall driving to Torrington, WY through Nebraska in the 50’s and 60’s and seeing junk cars now and then placed in fields next to the road. The cars were tilted on edge and had something painted on their tops, hoods or trunks. My memory of the words painted on the cars is vague but I think it was “Poor Jim” Who was Jim? Was this some kind of statewide driver safety program?

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Answer by gabe502000
You could;ve been going by the “Cadillac Ranch,” where a man buried a bunch of old Cadillacs in his field at weird angles just because “he Could!”

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Any Corvair junk yards out there that you might know of?

Question by joe a: Any Corvair junk yards out there that you might know of?
I need a little help. Im looking mainly for a set of Chevy Corvair Greenbrier driver side loading doors from an 8-door van, If you might have a number or know of a place (junk yard or Scrap yard) please let me know, Thank you!

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Answer by mailbox1024
You can try this out

www.car-part.com

this is a complete list of junkyards for the 48 continental states.

good luck……

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