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You'll have to wait until repairs are done, and then hire an appraiser who is familiar with DV claims. You have certainly suffered a diminution of value--how much rather depends on the type of damage done--just straightening and painting wouldn't be as severe as time on a frame-puller and/or panel replacement.
The DV claim goes against the insurance company of the truck who hit you. You cannot as a rule make a DV claim against your own insurance company.
A dealer might be able to assist an appraiser by providing testimony as to the DV loss but your case should be presented by an impartial appraiser. Dealers are not considered impartial.
If your car wasn't badly "bent", and if the body shop is a very good one, there's no reason why your Jeep should drive good as new, and look good as new---however, you have still incurred a DV loss no matter how well the repairs are done.
Well if the dealer can't get the specs right, that's a pretty grim world we're facing Doc.
Wait! You should bring it back to whoever rebuilt it, to make sure there is no leakage. Let THEM add the fluid as well and then recommend to you which fluid to use in the future.
Seems to me, given the habits of the average American driver, that engineering a car that needs MORE service than usual, is not a great idea--even if it had many advantages in efficiency.
If you increase the HP, you have to address ride height and braking on these old tubs. Dropping the car an inch would hardly be noticeable and it would give you such a better degree of handling on turns. And of course docking her at night in the wind would be less of a hassle