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Basically, i stumbled upon a way to determine if a car is a CAT D or CAT C without the need to buy a HPI check.

Go over to:

1. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/

2. Click on 'SELL MY CAR' at the top

3. Type the REG, mileage, choose private seller. Then create ad

At this stage it should auto pick up the car details for you, if it doesn't you're out of luck with getting a quick free HPI check. However if all is well carry on to the next step by clicking NEXT.

4. On the right hand side you will see a column. Under 'Your Advert' it will tell you if it is a Insurance right off by displaying the letter D or C next to the asking price of the car. If you cannot see any 'C' or 'D' then its likely a clean car.

To test it out......

Go on to ebay or such like and find a CAT D or C car. Note down the reg on the pictures and put it into the autotrader website to see for yourself. Works only for most cars, not vans or anything else. Purely cars.

Of course......

Autotrader get their info from experian, which is one of the top HPI companies which hold information about all vehicles. However, of course, it will NOT tell you if a car has finance or any other info you may need to know. I'd advise that if you're still nervous about buying a used vehicle, then do a proper FULL hpi check ie.. from hpi.co.uk or confused.com (who use hpi.co.uk system). Its expensive but also gives you information about any mileage discrepancies.

Hope it helps.
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54 Likes
MrClifford
or just have a look at the log book when you view the car, much quicker

It's much quicker to travel and inspect a log book than it is to type a few words online? Are you new to computers or something!?
12 Likes
Might help if you put "Write off " instead of "Right off " - (_;)
11 Likes
Write-off categories

Category A: scrap only. For cars so badly damaged, there are few or no salvageable parts. Should never re-appear on road.

Category B: body shell should be crushed. Signifies extensive damage, although some parts are salvageable. Should never re-appear on road.

Category C: the vehicle is repairable but the costs exceed the vehicle’s value. Can re-appear on road.

Category D: the vehicle is repairable but repair costs are significant compared to the vehicle value. Can re-appear on road.

Source: RAC - what is an insurance write off
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MrClifford
or just have a look at the log book when you view the car, much quicker

CAT D is not on the log book, plus saves a trip just to see if it is a CAT C.

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12 Likes #1
Might help if you put "Write off " instead of "Right off " - (_;)
2 Likes #2
Just tried it out and it worked for a known cat C car.
#3
or just have a look at the log book when you view the car, much quicker
5 Likes #4
MrClifford
or just have a look at the log book when you view the car, much quicker

CAT D is not on the log book, plus saves a trip just to see if it is a CAT C.
54 Likes #5
MrClifford
or just have a look at the log book when you view the car, much quicker

It's much quicker to travel and inspect a log book than it is to type a few words online? Are you new to computers or something!?
1 Like #6
Good post op.
3 Likes #7
Thanks handy ........... pity didn't include finance check which I think is worse as you can loose the lot
2 Likes #8
definitely do a full HPI check for finance if you're on the verge of buying, but excellent for an initial check before driving to view!
#9
I think you will find motors.co.uk do the same thing when you advertise car for sale on their site
#10
just checked my car and it's clear, checked my son's car and it's a cat A, anyone want to buy a 1.6 zetec s fiesta?
#11
Cat A = scrap only. For cars so badly damaged, there are few or no salvageable parts. Should never re-appear on road.
#12
Cat A can be put back on the road, it can be reshelled.
#13
Great post.
#14
Very Clever op, nice one pal ;)
#15
Ingenious.
#16
Nice find.
<3
#17
I have put in car details and clicked on
"2 Your advert"
But I can't see the section where it gives the Cat D or C. All it has is a box asking for my selling price and below it has a suggested price. On the right it allows to edit the previous details. Have I missed something.
11 Likes #18
Write-off categories

Category A: scrap only. For cars so badly damaged, there are few or no salvageable parts. Should never re-appear on road.

Category B: body shell should be crushed. Signifies extensive damage, although some parts are salvageable. Should never re-appear on road.

Category C: the vehicle is repairable but the costs exceed the vehicle’s value. Can re-appear on road.

Category D: the vehicle is repairable but repair costs are significant compared to the vehicle value. Can re-appear on road.

Source: RAC - what is an insurance write off
#19
Great tip
banned#20
cool, works well just searched my first car now a cat c.
banned 1 Like #21
http://www.autotrader.co.uk/bikes

Works on Motorbikes too! :)
#22
worth a look heat added thanks :)
#23
mjkc7
Cat A can be put back on the road, it can be reshelled.

Since when?
#24
presumably if there's nothing there after you've put in a price and clicked next, it's ok? There's not a 'clear' icon that should be shown, or similar?
#25
For a second there as I was clicking the next page, I read the title as 'FREE wife insurance' oO
#26
tapi
presumably if there's nothing there after you've put in a price and clicked next, it's ok? There's not a 'clear' icon that should be shown, or similar?

Correct, As long as autotraders system can pick up all the car details automatically and there is no logo to the right under 'your advert' ie.. (no CATD or CATC logo) then the car will not be registered as a previous write off.

Edited By: J4GG4 on Jul 28, 2014 17:42
#27
Nice find, this works a treat. Previous car was a CAT C and it picked that up nicely. Cool beans.
1 Like #28
Just looked at a traders advert with no mention of the car being CAT C, this trick just told me it was and saved me a 60 mile round trip. Cheers
#29
Cheers jagga. Heat added!
#30
doesn't appear to work for mobile site
#31
MrClifford
or just have a look at the log book when you view the car, much quicker
Depending when the car was written off it may not show on the logbook
Have found this myself and now hpi everything
Handy check to save you having a wasted journey (_;)
#32
Fantastic, thanks OP 8)
#33
Nothing. Means my cars clean right?
#34
cold disnt work
#35
just checked my old saxo vtr, and it is indeed a cat d :p

Edited By: chrisbenwalker on Jul 28, 2014 23:18
#36
Nice tip, certainly saves a bit of money
1 Like #37
It would be in everyone’s interest if this information was freely available on the DVLA web site.

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Edited By: xigent on Aug 04, 2014 12:30: .
#38
MrClifford
or just have a look at the log book when you view the car, much quicker
Much quicker to go and view the log book, okay so if I travel 50 miles to view a car, we're talking at least 2 gallons in fuel and around 2 hours. I'm with J4GG4 on this one. People like you just like to criticise.
#39
Cheers OP, works great. The wife's old Corsa, which got smashed into head on, is a Cat B.
#40
I worked in a salvage yard for 5yrs. No parts of a Cat A vehicle are to be sold. It can only be crushed and weighed in for scrap.

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