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Sorry if this is in the wrong place.

I'm looking for your opinions about whether its a good idea to repair my 04 Altima. Body shop quoted me $4k cash or $4500. This is all out of pocket due to only having liability insurance and it was my fault. I'm already eating the cost of the tear down ($250) for the estimate due to potential internal damage. The cost to repair is probably more than the car.

I love my car as was hoping to get another year out of it and hit 100k miles. Sitting at roughly 84k miles in the body shop.

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If you're wondering how it happened. Bad sun glare in my face without sunglasses. Made a left in the parking lot and hit a black parked car in the shade literally 10 feet in front of me. Did not even see it when I check cross traffic at the stop sign. You can laugh that I hit a parked car. No one was hurt.
 

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Ok, first of that sucks. No judgement, just sympathy.

Next up...your car is 13 years old, and you were only hoping for one more year? Depreciation on a much newer car would be less than $4500 just for one year. People are buying '13 models for $15K, why would you spend $4,500+++ on this car? The bean counter says part it out, the empathist says you better love that car a whole lot to spend that kind of money, and the realist says, accept what life deals and go buy a car 10 years younger, you'll thank yourself.

In case you're wondering, I had a similar decision to make two years back when my '03 SE was totalled for me, while stopped at a red light, by the guy behind me, who was also stopped...but that's another story. I was offered $3K by the insurance company, told it would be $3500 to put to rights. I got the settlement up to $6K (was a 5MT 3.5) but instead chose to spend another $4K to get a car half its age instead of fixing it back up and going through the hassle of getting a vehicle tagged as 'salvage' back on the road. Sorry to see the old girl go, but no regrets on the swap or time not wasted.
 
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