I have this car. I paid $4000 for it. It was involved in a nasty hit-and-run when It was parked (unoccupied) and the culprit's car flipped on it's side. He attempted to run from the scene but was caught and charged with DUI. But the car is still drivable, just the passenger doors will probably both have to be replaced. The driver's door opens halfway, but I'm in-shape so I can squeeze in fine So I got a $3200 check from my insurance company. I don't really care about resale value of the car, because I'm the type of person that will drive a car until it is no longer drivable, and with a $4000 car its just going to be worth $2k in a few years anyways. So really, as long as the car performs its function and is safe to drive for myself a others, I could REALLY use a professional-level tripod and a nice wide angle lens for my t3i. I could also use some lighting
What would you do? Cash the check and buy gear or get the car fixed?