We finally got the total cost of repairs from the body shop - $3000! The minivan is already 7 years old and it's value, according to Blue Book, is only about $3500 depending on condition. We're still waiting to hear from insurance whether they'll pay for the darn thing.
Ken brought up the idea of not repairing the vehicle and trading it in on something else on the lot. They have a couple Honda Odesseys that Ken is really interested in. Before we had kids it had a Honda Accord but we had to sell it for something bigger because we became a family with kids. I have heard from many others how Hondas apparently hold their value very well.
OMG! The craziness is never going to end, is it?
We still have about $9000 dollars to pay on the addition that was put on the house 3 years ago, about a $1200 bill at a furniture store that has to be paid by April or high interest kicks in, plus between the two of us we have about $3000 on Visa bills right now. Let's not forget, when spring thaw finally comes we have a dining room ceiling that needs to be fixed, too.
The guy that shares an office with Ken made a very good point about our vehicle, though. Even if insurance picks up the cost of the repairs we aren't guaranteed the repairs will hold for very many years and then by that time the trade-in value on the minivan will be next to nothing.
Momma said there'd be days like this but she never said there'd be about a 4-month stretch like this!