I am heartbroken. My '05 Elise with 4400 (yes, hundred) non-track miles was just T-boned by an SUV that ran a stop sign. My wife was in the passenger seat at the time and could have been killed, but was able to walk away. She looked up and saw a headlight coming right at her 3 feet away, by the time she screamed it was too late for me to react. (Amazing wife, she was crying over the Lotus after the accident, not over her own trauma. ) The SUV literally plowed us sideways across the road and onto the sidewalk. It was pure luck that we didn't get pushed into another car or a tree, and I certainly couldn't have asked a car this tiny to fare any better against a big SUV. But on to less important things, I don't know how I will ever find another one this nice again - I was so lucky to find this one - and assume the driver's insurance company will fight me to the end over what it will really cost to replace a near-showroom Elise. She was my first modern sports car after having owned various vintage European two-seaters, and she was my pride and joy. (Yes, I did drive her, but only locally - an interstate is a mile from my house, great for unwinding on a short trip - and never in bad weather; she was loved but not a trailer queen.) Any thoughts on how to proceed? Any leads on a similarly pristine replacement?
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