I was involved in an auto accident. 2004 acura TL. I was not at fault, and there is extensive damage. How can I ensure that my car is deemed a total loss, rather than fixing it and having problems later? I was in an accident in 1996 with a chevy cavalier and after fixing $6,00 + worth of damage and it had an additional $2500 that they didn't see. The car never performed the same.