yay to the extent that i don't now have a few grand in body work needed. apparently getting things reasonable will take about 2k, and getting it all pretty would be 3k. so i guess i am going to have a dumb-looking car, now. i'll tell you this much, now i get all the fuckin insurance they'll give me. i made a gamble, it didn't pay off real well. (i think? i suppose that depends on how much more hardcore insurance will run me. time for research!)
EDIT: because i don't need yet another post for this.
car people are stupid. you know how the car dude told me i should come back adn he'd give me a trade-in estimate? after like 20 minutes of taking notes and inspecting things and talking to his boss, he gives me a number i couldve gotten myself in 3 minutes. it's just the kelly blue book value of my car minus the cost of repairs. dopes wasted my time.