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I was involved in a 4 car pile up on the interstate in January, The car behind me got rear ended and she rear ended me and I hit someone from behind. There was minor damage to my front bumper, however they replaced the front bumper and the whole rear end needed to be replaced. My car a Nissan Altima SL 2015 fully loaded with 20,200 miles had $10,500 damage to repair with frame damage. The value of my vehicle at the time was $20,500. My insurance company fixed the vehicle, however third party insurance has taken responsibility for the accident. I am now trying to determine whether they should have totaled the vehicle or if the $2k diminished value Geico is trying to offer me will be sufficient. Geico claims they have compared my vehicle to two others in my area zip 23669 with damage and these vehicles are both selling for $19k and thats how they determined the DV. They however did not tell me what the total amounts of the damage was on the vehicles they used to compare mine to. Should this vehicle be totaled and if so, can I buy it back from the insurance company? What would a reasonable amount be to pay for it once totaled? What is a reasonable amount to accept for diminished value? KBB says excellent trade should be $15,169, fair trade should be $13,590, retail should be $19,679, whole sale should be $16,776 and FPP should be $18,979, NADA clean trade should be $17,400, rough trade should be $15,075, retail should be $20,000, Black Book clean trade should be $17,200, rough trade should be $13,980, retail clean should be $20,700, WHSALE clean should be $16,900, and WHSALE avg should be $16,100. TIA for your responses, your help is greatly appreciated.