A porta power and bondo will fix that truckSorry, but I gotta jump in on this one...
Anyone who would try to push that POS Honda off on someone for 4995 with anything but ultra-low mileage and clear title should be ashamed.
The car is a light hit and most likely the rear suspension hasn't moved
To think that Merc can be pulled and straightened for $300...I wouldn't do that in your shop with your tools, on your time. To return either of these cars back to pre-accident condition will take several hours. To butcher them...sure.
If I wanted a beater that got 35 mpg sure I'd buy the Honda for about 600 after auction fees, put it on my rack and pull, straighten the rear body panel, replace the rear bumper and decklid, work both quarters and wind up with $1500 in the repair. Drive it for a year or so and sell it for what I had in it.
Here's a pic of what I drive now. I built the truck in 2004 when it had 30k miles on it. It's just about to turn 100k. I replaced the complete left suspension, bumper, fender, LF door, windshield, lower section of firewall on left side, lower hinge pillar, and front section of rocker and floor pan. Oh, and airbags, seat belts and air bag computer.