To get your parts back you have to get them prior to the insurance company getting ahold of it, or buy it back. At least that has been my experience.I go out of my way to keep my car clean- because I get a lot of enjoyment out of maintaining it, and enjoyment from using it- so I feel your pain losing something that you worked so hard to keep nice. Do you think you will buy it back and repair it, or let it go and start over? If you buy it back and repair- you will find a ton of help and support in these very pages. If you are going to look for another ST- I (and likely others) will keep an eye out for something low mileage and in great condition and will report back. I hear there's a low mileage Magnetic car in Southern California that just recently became available (LOL).
For those with experience with this sort of thing- is there any way to be able to take aftermarket parts off of the car after an incident like this one? There are several things I'd want off of mine, and I'd need an hour or so with the car to retrieve them.
Damn stilt rats stinking up everything! From mid November through December the roads here in Kansas are littered with them...One time when my kids were little, I was driving a Chrysler Minivan about 70+ mph in the dark coming back from a mall shopping trip on I-435. Suddenly in the headlights was a dead deer. Must have been 4 to 6 inches thicker than the minivan's ground clearance. No time to swerve. Van bucked up in the air. About a mile or so further down the road was the car ..stopped that had killed that deer. When we pulled into our garage......deer steaks were sizzling and falling off the exhaust system. Every nook and cranny under the minivan was stuffed with meat. Somehow there was even blood on the roof? I immediately took it to a car wash....But that vehicle stunk for months!