It all began as I turned into work today; a Jeep did a nice little remodeling job on the rear end of my wife's 1988 Jetta. Now I'm faced with many choices, and I was hoping someone here could shed a little light on my options/give ideas. I was not at fault, and the car is driveable. The damage involves a bent trunk, a big dent in the rear end, a partially detached bumper (it is a seperate rubber strip, not molded to the rear end) and some slight bending of the rear quarter panels. The adjuster told me they would probably offer me $2500 to total it; Kelly's Blue Book is showing the retail value of the car at $2810. I have done bodywork repairs in the past, and I've considered salvaging the title. In GA, you turn in the tags and existing title to the car, and then you "restore" it (no one has been able to tell me exactly what that term means). It is then inspected and a new tag and title are issued. My cost would only be the salvage value (probably around $400 or less) and whatever materials I needed to repair it (a few brackets and a new taillight lens). Has anyone done this? If they want the rear end looking brand-spanking new, that is beyond my abilities (and it probably isn't worth it in terms of money and time spent). BUt punching out the dents and getting the trunk to open/shut and the taillights to work is probably a Saturdays worth of work, max. I know this may seem trivial given the amounts, but the car was a steal at $1850 1 year ago. 80K miles, and the passenger and back seats had never been sat on. It has no mechanical problems whatsoever, and my plan was always to drive it into the ground (probably around 160K from what I've heard from other owners) and get something newer. Any thoughts? Anyone have any used (japanese only please) car experiences with models between 1992-1998? I may be looking sooner than I thought.