Make sure you know what you are getting in to before you go for a salvage title. Things have changed in many states.
In Georgia, you have to make an appointment to have your totaled and repaired car inspected. It can take six months or more to get an appointment, and there are only two or three inspection centers in the entire state. The closest to Atlanta is 50+ miles away.
Once there, you have to provide repair receipts, and your car is subjected to various tests, including some kind of metal stress test.
Only when you've completed all these steps do you get your salvage title.
The intent was to get cars held together with duct tape and bungee cords off the road. The unfortunate result is that cars with simple cosmetic damage are parted out or crushed because no one wants to go through the hassle.
You used to could accept a lower offer on your vehicle, and keep it with the cosmetic damage, but they won't even let you do that anymore.
Anyway, just be sure things haven't changed before you think of getting a salvage title. Your insurance agent should be able to tell you what the current rules and regs are about salvage vehicles.
Glad your dad is OK. Mine wouldn't even ride in my Smart. At least yours' mind is still open to new things, lol.