Should I buy a Cat S vehicle?

I have been offered a Cat S write-off that has been fully repaired at a reasonable price. I plan to get a full mechanical inspection before proceeding.

Apart from an obvious markdown in reselling price, what else do I need to be aware of? Will the manufacturer's warranty still be valid and will it be easy to obtain a new V5 registration document? Who certifies the repair work before this car can be deemed to be roadworthy? Will it need an MoT certificate even though it is less than three years old?

Asked on 26 August 2021 by Gordon Sigston

Answered by Russell Campbell
I wouldn't personally, even if you have it inspected.

Cat S means it has been structurally damaged (either to the suspension or chassis) and likely won't have the integrity of a car that hasn't suffered major damage.

If you do go ahead, you'd want to have a full understanding of the damage caused to the car and proof of the repairs. Why? Because there's no legal requirement for the car to be inspected before it goes back on the road, all you have to do is reregister it with the DVLA.

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