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It's all about economics and nothing to do with actual damage.
I once had a car that got rear ended from acar that went into and underneath it. I ended up with a bowed frame as a result. Despite my repeated protests, the insurance company insisted on repairing it because it was cheaper than writing it off for them.
I ended up with a car that I had to sell in the end because it was extremely unstable at speed after the repair - I was told by several repairers that the car should have been scrapped because it had been bent so badly it was impossible to get it back into proper shape again.
I've seen other older mess valuable cars junked over minor damage because the panel repairs cost too much from the insurers point of view.
Exactly! I hope you didn't hold a grudge against the body shop for not fixing your car right. There's only so much we can do. If you stomp on an aluminum can, you'll never get it all straightened out again. It's more the insurance company's fault for wanting to attempt repairs a heavily damaged car rather than pay off what it's worth because it's not road worthy.