Was your car totaled? If not Suggest you take advice of previous reply on diminished value. My car was hit and it caused $15,000 in damage, after two trips to the auto body and 4 months later I got an appaiser to show the car lost $19,500 in value. The other parties insurance companys appraiser put the lost value at $15,000, I have settled for $16,500. This is just for the fact that when I sell the car or trade it in that is the lost value simply because it has been in accident (the inherent diminished value) most insurance companies will tell you at first they don not give diminished value, don't believe it that is what they told me at first. They have a responsiblity to restore your car to its prelost condition. You will find out how hard it is to sell a car that has been in an accident to a private party and how much is deducted when you try to trade it in.