Rear-ended Someone In My 2006 V6 Manual Transmission Mustang, Totaled?

Sharr2697

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Hey everyone, I'm fairly new to the site and I wish I had some great pictures to share with you; however I got into an accident on a major highway in which I rear ended some one(who was stopped on the highway, and I was skidding to a stop at around 20mph). After the collision, in which the airbags did not deploy, I was able to drive the car to the right hand shoulder.

The hood is bent up, the driver side door only open to about 10% of its normal ability, and there was minor fluid leakage.

The body of the car, near the tires, did not look to be moved/damaged, as it was able to drive.

This car is fairly new to me, and it is my first Mustang. I only have one picture, but will have more in the coming days... Based on what I have, do you think it is totaled and if not, what repair costs may look like?

Thanks for the help everyone (Also pardon the St. Patty's Day stuff)
 

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V6, 10 years old, and manual trans means the insurance company will probably total it if you had full coverage on it. Retail on it, depending on mileage and condition before the wreck is roughly $7-10k at best, and you're looking at least at a hood, grille, front bumper cover, latch, various hardware, brackets, paint and labor from what little I can see in the picture. There's at least $3-4k there in damage from that picture, and probably more that can't be seen.

I've seen stranger things happen than one in your situation being fixed (including a one-year-old Buick Enclave with $30k in damage being fixed by insurance at a delership I worked at, and a 2012 Raptor at my current dealership that I'm handling the parts for with 52 lines of parts on the RO ($17k worth in parts alone, I can only imagine what the labor is at!) but in general, they tend not to fix cars that exceed roughly 50% or their retail value in damage.
 
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I'd say the insurance company would have to really think on it. You don't mention the mileage on the car but, these cars are a dime a dozen so residual value is very low, it's ten years old, it isn't a premium model and the frame my well be tweaked since you can't open the door. Sorry, but, were it me as the adjuster, I'd say write off.
 

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Here are some more photos! Thank you guys for the honest opinions.
 

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Here are some more photos! Thank you guys for the honest opinions.
Yeah, its totalled.
Radiator, A/C condenser, headlight, fender, absorber, and both fender liners just got added to the list.

Even if insurance goes salvage or aftermarket on as much as possible, you have a few thousand in parts alone, and that's not counting the labor, and it's going to spend some time on a frame machine.