I have a 97 Jeep Wrangler SE with 160,000 miles on it. No major problems other than needing a new top, I was just hoping to get through the next 8 months with it (I'll be graduating and getting a job, so it'll be time to get a new Jeep). Friday night a guy rear-ended me (he was going about 50mph, I was going about 5mph) and pushed me into another car. The front bumper is twisted, as is the front left fender. My back bumper is twisted under, the gas tank has a crease as does the gas tank shield, and the spare tire/bike rack are now both angled under as well. The rear gate is hard to close, requiring lifting and kicking to get it to latch. The guy basically went under my wrangler with his civic. The mechanic I talked to said it's drivable, ugly but drivable. I went to get an estimate today on the body work because I can't decide if I want to dump a bunch of money into a car I was going to trade in in about 8 months. The guy calculated up everything up, came to about $2800 in damage but said that he couldn't tell if the frame was twisted without doing a "tear down" and putting it up on the rack. My question is, do they really have to do a "tear down" to figure out if the frame is bent? Why can't they just put it up on the rack and do the measurements? If they're going to total it, I'd rather just take the money and drive it for another 8 months before dumping it (aka selling it for parts) and using the cash for a down payment on my new car. Surely there is a way to figure out exactly how much damage there is without ripping it apart? Thanks for any input.