My 2014 Lexus RX 350 (50,000 miles) was recently in an accident in which several air bags deployed and there was about $12000 worth of damage, mostly to the front end. Luckily, I was able to drive the car afterwards (50 miles, straight to the body shop). The other guy admitted fault and his insurance paid for the repair. But now I’m wondering whether I should trade it in on a “certified, pre-owned” 2014 RX 350. This trade would cost me about $10,000, but the pre-owned car has a 4 year, comprehensive warranty, about 15000 fewer miles, and has never been in a serious accident.
I wonder about the actual value of a repaired car vs a used one. For example, is a 3 year old air bag that has never been deployed (in the used car) a better bet than an air bag that was installed by the body shop? I suspect that most of the parts used in the repair are not OEM, but rather salvaged from other wrecks or manufactured by third parties.
What are your thoughts?