I rear-ended someone yesterday; I was in a line-up at a light, then we were moving, but the guy in front stopped suddenly, and I didn't catch the change fast enough. It seemed I whacked him pretty hard, and my airbag went off. When we got out and inspected, the other car didn't seem to have any damage at all. My front plastic panel was dislodged and cracked, and rubbing the tires. I pulled over into a nearby donut shop lot, and pulled it back into position, then drove home 22 miles without any problem. It was night, and I have no garage, so I waited until this morning for a good look. It's a lot worse than I thought.
There's a steel bumper behind that front plastic that took a nice hit, dented in 1-2 inches, and some metal behind it also, and where the bumper is mounted on the right is pushed in also. The windshield reservoir is cracked somewhere, fluid drains right out. However, I see no coolant fluid in the driveway, so it looks like the radiator and its connections escaped damage.
The car (2016 iMiev) seems driveable, and I hope fixable. The blue-book site shows used 2016 models run about $8-9,000, so I think it won't be totaled, but can't be sure, considering that dealers have a captive market as far as what is charged for parts and labor. I have a local guy I'd like to use rather than the dealer, though, if possible.
One question I have is how this affects the warranty, also whether non-dealer repair would void the warranty.
I'm also considering some DIY on this, depending on what the insurer tells me. The main thing is putting in a new airbag, and making sure it'll work properly. Not sure how strict inspections are either. That inclination is probably a hold-over from when cars were simpler, and I used to get under the hood.
I'm happy to hear any comments.