I've seen an affordable Cat D BMW for sale - should I buy it?

I'm looking to purchase a 2016 BMW 1 Series M Sport, but they are out of my budget. However, I have seen a Category D write off with a front wing replacement. It also has a small dent in the chassis. It drives fine, no bumps or wobbles. Should I buy it?

Asked on 12 February 2018 by Graham Parker

Answered by Honest John
No, the chassis is UHSS steel and cannot be repaired, it has to be replaced. This means the integrity of the vehicle has been compromised. I would avoid previous total losses like the plague unless you really know what you're doing. A Cat D means that it was a constructive total loss, I think it abhorrent that this was deemed a viable repair and the insurer chose not to repair it safely.
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