SL55 17k with about 17k on the clock?? Cat-C

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"cat C" says it all..

Category C: Vehicle extensively damaged and insurer has decided not to repair. The vehicle should have an independent inspection before being allowed back onto the road.
 
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barge and pole come to mind, nearly 500 bhp in a cat c car... wouldnt touch it.

also an 8 year old car thats probably been sitting around at a salvage yard then a garage waiting to be repaired, hence the low milage!
 

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Roof damage is likely to cause a cat c. It may have had somthing fall onto it?

If has been repaired properly then it may be ok.

Don't write off all CAT cars.
 

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Doesnt look like a low mileage drivers seat to me!!!
 

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personally wouldnt go near it!:confused:
 

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Hi olly, personally i would want to see pics with the damage before even considering, ive bought CAT C cars before and you are right not to exclude them, but on a SL55 id be a bit dubious
 

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Try looking at Cat C/D cars another way- the more expensive the car, the more likely it is to be written off.

The different categories C & D are the actual cost levels to repair. I've seen cars that look fit for the crusher be a Cat D, yet I've seen cars with very little damage as Cat C.
 

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Try looking at Cat C/D cars another way- the more expensive the car, the more likely it is to be written off.

The different categories C & D are the actual cost levels to repair. I've seen cars that look fit for the crusher be a Cat D, yet I've seen cars with very little damage as Cat C.

This is the point most seem to miss - Cat C/D are assessed based on the costs of repair as a percentage of pre-accident value, as opposed to severity of accident damage. It does follow that the more severely damaged a car, the more it'll cost to repair, but it's a bit of a broad brush approach.

My C43 started off as a Cat C when the insurance assessor first wrote it off, primarily because they offered me a crap value for the car, so the repair costs they estimated actually amounted to 100% or more, of the car's pre-accident value. When I'd finished disputing with the insurer, and they agreed a higher payout, the car became a Cat D (est. repair costs exceeded 60% of pre-acc value).

In the case of the SL55, AMG bits are pricey so it wouldn't take much to write it off, but if it was a Cat C early in its life, when it was a £100k car, it starts to look less convincing as it's likely to have had a lot of damage - maybe water damage? Doesn't necessarily mean it's structurally unsound or a death trap though.

That said, the fact it's in Birmingham would put me off.:rolleyes:
 
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I purchased a 2007 black Honda S2000 from a salvage yard in Southampton. I paid £7000 for the beauty. She had rear corner panel impact with some minor damage to the front bonnet and bumper. Yet she started and drove. Sure she looked a mess but when i popped the bonnet and saw an immaculate 2.0 VTEC without a scratch and only 5K miles on the clock from new i knew this would be a great find. Friend up north had her fixed up for 5K and she was as good as new.

Fast forward 2 years and another 10K miles and she never missed a beat. The only thing that went wrong was the CD player packing up, but my local Honda dealer fixed it under warranty (without even realizing it was a Cat -D).

In the end the biggest issue was resale with all Cat-D's however it was snapped up for £12K, not bad when the same spec new was selling for around 18k at the time. So for me it was 2 years of free motoring.

Sure not everyone has this luck but in my opinion the car should not have been a CAT-D. What is more surprising is that speaking to a few people in the trade a lot of inspectors are creaming it by classing cars as CAT-D when in fact they are nowhere near this - thus feeding the market.

Lastly you'd be surprised how many cars on the road are actually unregistered CAT-D's that have simply not been recorded and fixed for cheap.
 

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