He arrived about an hour ago, looked at the car and has gone to the garage that gave the quote for a respray, to negotiate. It is possible that the insurance company will pay for the respray.
Previously they had said that they wanted to write the car off. That seems a wicked waste, an appallingly environmentally-unfriendly economic decision. The car is a beautiful old Saab 9000 with very low mileage: it could not be replaced with a car of similar value for its list price.
We are hopeful.