My car was hit. Am I entitled to collect the estimated cost of repairs, even if I do not intend to repair the damage?
You are entitled to collect the reasonable cost of repairs. Get an estimate from a reputable body shop. Also, remember that you are entitled to loss of use, or what would be rental expense if you fix the car, for a reasonable amount of time. Generally, this is $20 per day times the number of days it would take to repair the car. Ask the body shop who gives you the estimate how many days they think the repairs will take.