Insurance Write-Off Categories: Category C Write-Off Explained
There is still some confusion out there about the various insurance write-off categories and here at Cartell we often get queries about Cartell car history check reports such as “what does a category C insurance write-off mean?”. So here follows a brief description of what each of the insurance write-off categories signify for your vehicle.
Category A The vehicle must be scrapped and no parts or components can be sold other than for scrap. Amounts vary but the scrap value rarely covers the cost of recovery and delivery to a scrap yard. Category A is severely damaged, total burnout or flood damage with no serviceable parts, or already a stripped out shell. In the UK the DVLA will require a “Notification of Destruction”. In Ireland this vehicle would have to be disposed of in an authorised treatment facility and have a death certificate issued and the vehicle then becomes End of Life (ELV).
Category B The vehicle must not be used again but non- structural and roadworthy parts and components may be recovered for use in other vehicles. Care must be taken to ensure that they are not critical components with important safety functions. A Category B will have been damaged beyond economical repair, usually with major structural damage. In the UK the DVLA will require “Notification of Destruction” but parts can be removed and sold on. In Ireland this vehicle would have to be disposed of in an authorised treatment facility and have a death certificate issued and the vehicle then becomes End of Life (ELV).
Category C The vehicle is repairable but the parts and labour would exceed the value of the car. A Category C insurance write-off is repairable salvage. It usually applies to vehicles with significant damage and where the cost of repairs exceeds the book value. The Motor Insurers Anti-Fraud and Theft Register (MIAFTR) defines Cat C as repairable total loss vehicles where repair costs including VAT exceed the vehicle’s pre-accident value (PAV).
Category D The vehicle is economically repairable but other factors are involved that cause the insurer to declare the vehicle a write off. Perhaps the replacement car hire is too costly or it will take too long for a specialist part to be delivered. A Cat D is repairable salvage. The Motor Insurers Anti-Fraud and Theft Register (MIAFTR) defines Cat D as repairable total loss vehicles where repair costs including VAT do nor exceed the vehicle’s pre-accident value (PAV).
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i bought a car and its cat B.writeoff ..But the garage said its mistake can it be removed off cartell,,,,is this true >???
if it is a category B write off then it can never be put on the road. that is to say some parts may be salvaged but everything else that is non useable must be weighed in as scrap metal… in saying that you could get a second engineers report yourself if you feel the vehicle should not be a cat B write off… a cat b write off usually means that there is excessive structural damage and that the over all structure of the vehicle is unsafe to be put back on the road.. i.e the chassis of the is bent or twisted or weakened to such a point that the vehicles safety cannot be assessed as to weather it would be safe to put said vehicle back on the road even if all necessary repairs were done thoroughly
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