I was involved in an accident this morning where an oncoming car decided to turn left (without signaling) at a lighted intersection (we both had a green light) directly in front of me. I was not able to clear the car and crashed into the car. I'm okay. The driver said she didn't think I would go straight. Looking at the bike, only the handlebar seemed misaligned. I gave her a little rant and let her go. She seemed shocked enough.
After getting back on the bike, I noticed that the frame is bent. I have a 1982 Mercian with a Reynolds 531 steel frame. Both the top tube and the down tube are bent on the underside, right behind the head tube. I now kick myself for letting her go without exchanging information. But now I don't know what to do. I heard that it's totally repairable, but I'm hearing several estimates (over the phone, I haven't brought the bike into a shop). They usually quote me around $700 to replace the tubes plus paint and labor. Is that reasonable? Given that the tubes are only slightly bent, could they be fixed without replacement?