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Headlight smashed and electrical gremlins

So I got myself in a low speed rear end. My fault, I get it, don't hate me. An SUV bumper smashed my headlight in. Miraculously nothing internal was damaged except a vacuum hose, and somehow the headlights still work. True tank of a car, they weren't kidding.

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The turn signal light was badly mangled and the front signal is quite smashed. More than that, the entire turn signal system isn't working as a result. I tried using the hazards and it disabled the radio and the front dome light.

Obviously the headlight needs replacing, but all the electrical issues have me wondering how easy that will be to fix. Would replacing the socket and bulb possibly solve the bizarre shorts?

Also, how much should I expect to reasonably pay to have the headlight replaced and bodywork done? Pictures attached.
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First take out electrical connections of the turn signal lamp and the headlight.
Then take out the signal lamp itself by pushing the clip inside and pulling it outwards you, after that take out headlight assembly by removing a coupke of screws amd see if the connectors in the car istelf is damaged, however i don't think so that the wires is damaged.

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Great news. Simply replacing the bulb to eliminate the short, then replacing both broken fuses solved all the problems. The car is ugly, but fully functional. I'll need to get the body work and headlight housing replaced ASAP, as I can already see some rust on the exposed steel, but I am impressed literally nothing non-cosmetic was damaged.
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