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I was in an accident! Help! - Car is totaled. Update on page 3.
First accident I've been in where I was behind the wheel, so this is new to me.
Details of the accident:
I was stopped completely. Foot on the brake. I had been stopped for at least 15 seconds, but no more than 30, and I was rear ended. Not sure what the woman was doing because I had no idea that I was going to be hit (That was exciting in and of itself...). There's quite a bit of damage. My trunk won't close. It's pretty much caved in, I guess. Bumper is bent, the exterior around the trunk is bent pretty bad. Driver side rear lights are working, but the glass/plastic/whatever it is is shattered. I'll post pictures later if someone wants them. A few others have told me that it's probably totaled.
I have a Chevy Aveo. They were in a Ford Expedition. So their tank had no damage aside from some scratches on the bumper. Lucky them.
So, after the accident happened we get the cops there. They had us move in a nearby parking lot since our cars were drivable and there were no injuries. Cops got there. First thing out of her mouth was I hit him, it's my fault. That's good. I don't have to put up with a lot of shit.
Officer takes down his report, tells me that it will be available in 5 business days. Says all information I'll need (her insurance, contact information, and so on) will be on that report. So I didn't get her information from her.
Was that a mistake?
Also, what do I do now? Should I call my insurance and file a claim with them? I'm going to take it to a repair shop to get an estimate. Should I take it to a Chevy dealer or a collision repair shop?
Any other helpful information you can give would be most appreciated.