OK , first off , glad that all are shaken and not stirred.
Second , I am no expert but have done my fair share of car body repairs and if that car is 'bent' then I am a monkeys uncle. Get a second opinion !
Maybe your mech is just saying 'out of alignment' in suspension terms , its hard to tell from just a couple of pics but if the car was 'bent' and needed Datalining then that pretty sill skirt wouldnt be sitting so well.
As for insurance , 2 things , first always haggle and never accept their first offer , sending as much adverts and backup to show how much an 'identical' car would cost locally will help. Secondly , to write off a car it has to be 'not economical to repair' which means would cost more to repair than it would cost to replace (there isnt a Ti of any age nationally on Autotrader for <£16k)
Last edited by TimboZero; 19-06-09 at 06:32.