As the title mentions, I got into an accident, my first. I wasn't driving recklessly, it was slick out and when I turned onto downward highway merge lane the car at the bottom was stopped completely and I had to slam on my brakes, to no avail, thing just kept sliding for 3 car lengths and went straight into them. Their car only got bumped up a bit in the back but as you can see from the pic mine kind of blew up like a pinata. Good for safety I guess but it's going to be bad for my wallet.
I got cited as the rear-ender and I don't have comprehensive (just liability), which I now know was foolish of me, especially having a decent vehicle. I had my vehicle towed to a body shop where the guy indicated it would be around ~$10k to fix everything, maybe $12, with an optimistic low end of $6k if he cuts corners on some of the parts and doesn't get all stock. He's doing a closer estimate right now and I should get some more info later today, and I might get a second opinion if it's worth it.
Is it worth dropping the $6-10k to get this thing repaired or am I due for a lifetime of mechanical headaches even after the additional sunk cost? I still have payments left on the vehicle. I know it's difficult to gauge exactly what got screwed up from one picture, I'm looking more for general experience. Both airbags blew up, front part of the engine (the vent part) got pushed in, and random things got busted on the exterior. Sides and back are largely OK. It wasn't high velocity so a lot of the engine makeup may still be intact (I probably hit them at ~20-25mph).
Thank you for any insight. This is a 2016 Nissan Maxima with 36k miles which is going for about $19-21k used right now on the market.