Body damage can affect a car’s value differently depending on the extent of the damage. If your car body is only slightly damaged, it can take 10 to 15 percent off of the book value. If the damage is more extreme, it can take 75 to 85 percent off of the value.
Keep in mind that, if the damage is severe, your car will be considered totaled, even if it’s technically still fixable. If this is the case, consider selling your car to a junkyard for parts and purchasing a new vehicle. Totaled cars generally cost more to repair than they are worth, so you would be losing money by attempting to get the body repaired.