Thanks guys. The main thing is the car drives perfect, so from the inside, you'd never know.
Off topic but I was in expediting and there were often discussions about "I wouldn't drive X because it's just so ugly.". My usual comment was from the steering wheel they all look the same but Y adds x% to the bottom line, the thing that actually matters.
2022 Ford Escape 1.5L Eco-boost white/gray
I said I would update you. The car came back from the salvage yard, there is no damage underneath, so I'm relieved to say no forklifts were used to move the car. There's a tiny scratch on the front bumper and a long but light one on the roof which will polish out, probably from loading/unloading on transporters. The damage from the accident is less than I remember, unless you pointed it out, most people wouldn't notice. The figure the insurance company charged me to buy the car back off them was far less than I thought, around £1800, just a tenth of what I paid almost 5 years ago. I received a payout of around £9400, so overall I'm happy.
I will put the money towards getting the wheels refurbished, and a dent guy to pull the worse of the damage out the wing. The downsides are that the car is worth a lot less as an insurance write off and will put many future buyers off. My insurance premium may also increase slightly as you have to declare any accidents regardless of fault for 3 years. Despite the decreased value of the car now, I will still receive almost all the money back I paid for the car when combined with the insurance payout, effectively cancelling out 5 years worth of depreciation. The car drives absolutely fine, I'll keep it a while longer and see how I feel, I'm someone who takes pride in the appearance of my vehicles, so it's a little disheartening having damage. But I'm also someone who uses thier cars properly and enjoys the performance above all else. This could be the car I use on weekends and enjoy giving a good thrashing without worrying too much about the physical condition.