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Ok simple question. What everyones opinions on purchasing a CAT C car. I have driven it and can't notice anything untoward but as i do not know what was fixed i thought i would see what you all thought. The garage selling it has no information on it but is looking into it for me.

All replys greatly appreciated. +++

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Cat C is the highest damage category a car can have and still be put on the road.

That means whatever damage it had, was substantial, but not necessarily structural, it could have been written off due to flood damage for example.

Really it all depends on what the damage was and how well it has been repaired, i wouldn't buy a Cat C without a thorough inspection by someone who really knows what they are talking about.

It can be a cheap way into a more expensive car, but it can also be a massive gamble, and it's always a pain in the ar5e when you try to sell it.

The type of car it is can give you an idea of what damage it's had, i.e. a RWD sports car has probably gone sideways into a ditch or lampost, a 4x4 being top heavy is likely to have been rolled etc etc.

Biggest alarm bells here are the garage 'not knowing' why it's Cat C, they are probably lying unless the Cat C was applied historically and it's changed hands since.

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It's an S2000. So probably sideways or backwards.

It has been looked over by my technician friend who works for Honda and he can't see anything that looks iffy but it was just a quick once over nothing detailed.

The garage has said that he can put it on one of their ramps and have a proper good go over it which is nice of them. Before i get him to do that though i want to know what the damage was. Like you say Tipex if it is a sideways or rear crash at speed even if it is spot on again i probably won't be buying it.

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It's not unusual for S2000s to be crashed, they're a handfull, but I wouldn't touch a CAT C car under any circumstances. Cat D, perhaps, if there's a trail of supporting paperwork for the repairs and good before/after photos, but a CAT C ? Forget it. There are plenty of them for sale, finding a good one in budget shouldn't be hard. +++

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You want an S2000 after your test drive?!?!

I'd only buy a car on the register if it was a) ridiculously cheap and b) was only cosmetic damage with concrete proof. For example, Elises get written off for clamshell damage. Specialists can stitch clams back into one piece, whereas the insurer would dictate replacing with a new one from Lotus which costs a fortune, hence they write the car off

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Was interested in it yes. Still love the sound of them and even after the test drive and spin it is still there. The garage has come back to me telling me it was front and rear and drivers side damage that had been repaired. Apparently it was involved in a multi car pile up.

I have seen a few nice MX5s and S2000's in budget but have not been quick enough. I was offered a mazdaspeed MX5 by a friend but it just looked vulgar with all the kit on it.

So what is the difference between a CAT D and a CAT C then. I must admit i thought it was the other way around in terms of serverity. C being lower than D. :ffs:

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C is worse than D

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Category A

A vehicle which should have been totally crushed, including all its spare parts.

Category B

A vehicle from which spare parts may be salvaged, but the bodyshell should have been crushed and the car should never return to the road.

Category C

An extensively damaged vehicle which the insurer has decided not to repair, but which could be repaired and returned to the road.

Category D

A damaged vehicle which the insurer has decided not to repair, but which could be repaired and returned to the road.

Category F

A vehicle damaged by fire, which the insurer has decided not to repair.

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If it's the same S2K you spun on a test drive, that might tell you something about how well it's been repaired.

Unless you were driving like a twonk, which is unlikely on a test drive, it shouldn't spin, you have to really be pushing on for that, which suggests some chassis issues, maybe as simple as alignment, maybe not.

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Not the same one. I spun on a wet road coming off a roundabout pushing it too hard. Yes being a twonk. NO damage to that one though +++

The CAT C that i drove did not feel any different but now the areas of damage it has put me off anyway. If it had been one end i may have risked it but not with all around damage. I would be worrying all the time no matter how good the repairs were.

As for the love life TDK i can safely say there are signs of front airbags and there has been a test drive or two :grin:

Still single though but more confident about talking to the right people. Apparently i am not a hidious troll but more of a novelty item that most people don't understand. +++

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