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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:33   #1
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Would you buy a 'Category C' car?

Just need a bit of advice really. We're looking at a Peugeot 206 with 39,000 miles. Everything looks great about it, but the dealer's website lists it as a 'Category C'. The AutoTrader advert states 'THIS CAR HAS NO DAMAGE'

Should I just walk away from it, or is it worth a look? I'm just not sure whether buying an ex-writeoff is a total no-no or not?

Thanks
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:35   #2
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I'm sure there are plenty of other examples that aren't category C?

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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:36   #3
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I guess my question would be "why is it a Catergory C then?"
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:36   #4
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Walk away, mainly because it's a 206.
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:36   #5
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I don't have a problem with Cat C or D cars. Although it would depend on the car I guess. As long as its been done properly, and can be proven, then its all good!

Entirely up to you though in the end.

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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:37   #6
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unless this is some really rare special edition car that leaves you no other alternative but to buy a Cat C write off.

Walk away

Yes it has no damage, but it has been repaired, and was once in such a bad way that the insurers decided it was not economically viable to repair it. Verifying that it has been repaired to a professional standard to make it as good as new is a process you can do without, if there are other cars on the market without this issue.


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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:39   #7
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walk away, its a 206, either buy something different (strongly recommended) or find another example, theres plenty out there.

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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:39   #8
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if you dont know about cat c cars then dont bother, you need to know what youre getting into
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:41   #9
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Thanks - that's all I needed to hear. There's hundreds of other ones around which are not ex-writeoffs so I think we'll keep looking.
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:50   #10
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My current car was a Cat C, just needed its bumper replacing, 3 years later and many many more miles, no issues at all.
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 10:58   #11
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IMO no.
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:00   #12
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:03   #13
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Here's the advert, for your interest.

http://search.autotrader.co.uk/es-uk...leRegLetter=03
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:05   #14
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where does it say it cat c?

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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:06   #15
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Price: 2695 Listing # CAT . C

The site is full of Write offs
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:09   #16
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Lot of garages out there fix up CAT D/C cars and sell on. At lease these guys are up front about it

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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:09   #17
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My current car was a Cat C, just needed its bumper replacing, 3 years later and many many more miles, no issues at all.

the issue is not that every cat C is a death trap

the issue is the hassle of making sure that the Cat C you're buying is not some car that a cowboy did up to make some money.

Once you've made sure its not, you'll be fine.

But its the hassle of checking this that can be easily avoided with common cars. Why put yourself through it for what is already a cheap car (used 206)


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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:12   #18
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Price: 2695 Listing # CAT . C

The site is full of Write offs
Bournemouth Auto Salvage is a bit of a clue
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:12   #19
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totally depends on price and what you want. My car is a Cat D. Mechanically sound, but the bumpers had a cheap spray and the paint is coming off, some of the plastic trim under the cars is broken and the wings,bonnet,bumper don't line up exactly. Do I care? not at all as I got the car for under 50% of what a normal version would go for.

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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:14   #20
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I'd buy a cat d, probably walk from a cat c though

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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:22   #21
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totally depends on price and what you want. My car is a Cat D. Mechanically sound, but the bumpers had a cheap spray and the paint is coming off, some of the plastic trim under the cars is broken and the wings,bonnet,bumper don't line up exactly. Do I care? not at all as I got the car for under 50% of what a normal version would go for.
i almost bought a cat c 180sx a long time. the car was made in 96 (i think) and it was declared cat c 10 years later when it was worth nothing. the write off value of a 10 year old nissas is nothing, hence that cat c was a perfectly servicable car.

but unless you understand how it works, dont touch them tbh
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:24   #22
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Isn't that pretty expensive for what it is anyway? Even ignoring the fact it's Cat-C?


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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:32   #23
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Thing is cars that aren't listed as CAT C or D doesn't mean they weren't. I know for a fact our Accord isn't listed and it was written off by the Insurance Co as a Cat C.

The system is 100% accurate.

Also as stated, the only difference between CATD and C is the cost is Uneconomical or the cost is more than the value of the car, depending on the age of the car should give you an idea of damage substained. Cars only worth 1-2k will nearly always be a CAT C unless damage is very light.
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 11:39   #24
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Also as stated, the only difference between CATD and C is the cost is Uneconomical or the cost is more than the value of the car, depending on the age of the car should give you an idea of damage substained. Cars only worth 1-2k will nearly always be a CAT C unless damage is very light.
exactly. i could smash some windows and key the paint and cat c my car... there are so many misconceptions so unless someone knows about it they should just avoid it
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Old 21st Apr 2009, 12:02   #25
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Alot of people who repair them properly take photo's of the pre fix damage. The biggy is if the Chassis substained damage, it gets a bit more dubious then.
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You are looking at a car that's just over 2 1/2 grand, so at some point it's suffered damage that would cost more than 2 1/2 grand to fix.

Given that insurance companies always use big expensive repair shops you could rack up enough damage for a cat C on that car just by keying every panel. You might also have to smash the glass too.

If you're not charging 50 an hour to respray the car (and lets face it the guy doing the spraying is probably lucky to get 10 - 15 an hour then the cost reduces dramatically and suddenly the car is economically repairable.

Alternatively the damage could've been done by having a lorry drive into the back of it, and the car was "repaired" by using the back end from another car with severe front end damage.

You could always ask the garage what the damage was that caused it to get written off and to provide photographs of it in it's before state?

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