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    Default Cat C cars - would you buy one?

    Have you ever bought a Cat C car? Would you? A Cat C car is a vehicle written off by an insurance company because the cost of fixing it is more than the value of the vehicle. Repaired Cat C cars can be real bargains and perfectly safe to drive but while professional motor traders have to mention the carís history, private sellers donít, so we advise caution - run a data check on any vehicle you intend to buy - http://www.rac.co.uk/buying-a-car/rac-car-data-check/

    Read more about Cat C insurance write-offs in our latest blog post - http://www.rac.co.uk/community/blog/rac-blog/february-2014/what-does-cat-c-car-insurance-mean/ and check out our handy tips for buying second hand cars - http://clubmagazine.rac.co.uk/GB/winter-issue/on-your-side
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    As said above, there are bargains to be had and a lot of easy repairs too. I would only advise buying a Cat C if you are planning on keeping the car as they are harder to shift.

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    Can some of them be stolen and recovered?

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    Stolen and recovered cars could be Cat C, but that is one I would not buy, as there is no telling what 'hidden' damage could be about to announce itself.

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    A mate of mine has just bought a Cat.C repair car, he is a mechanic, so knows what he is doing, after 35 years in the trade.He got it up on a ramp, and could see the new front support truss that had been fitted, the car was in A+ condition.It was a 53 plate Rover, with only 41K on the clock, with all the old MOTs to prove it, not bad for the £450 he paid for it.Now, that's the kind of deal I like!

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    A cat c car has to have a vic test (identity check).
    This is then shown on the new V5.

    So private or not it is often easy to see a cat c without a test but not a cat d.
    That is as long as it's the V5 and had the test.

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    I bought one. I didn't want to but I was fed up of going around looking at this particular car, so I just bought it.

    I learned that a vic test is only an identity check. It is not a guarantee of a good repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkmatter View Post
    I bought one. I didn't want to but I was fed up of going around looking at this particular car, so I just bought it.


    I learned that a vic test is only an identity check. It is not a guarantee of a good repair.
    Yes, that's right as I rebuilt a cat C Clio and took it for the ID check.

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    If a car is Cat C, is that information on the V5, (don't shout at me, I'm only asking,) Winking Smiley.

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    Yes!!!

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