That's all? $1250 to fix cosmetic damage, if it's done well, is a decent deal IMHO. My insurance paid out something like $2500 for some light body damage that I did a couple years ago in an accident. Good luck with the apparent suspension damage.
If that had been the case with my car, I would have definitely taken a look at it to see if one of the wheels was off-kilter....did you even look at the wheels to see if one of them was way out of alignment? I'd think that if you had to hold the wheel at 180° to one side to keep the car going straight, you'd be able to see what was causing it.