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    I'm looking at a new Signum, moving to dirty diesel power, but the car i'm looking at is a Cat D.... Its had rear end damage. Its too new to have had an MOT yet, so I'm a little worried that there may be some hidden problems somewhere.

    When you have an accident and the cars repaired, do you get any sort of report detailing the work done etc? What sort of testing does it go through?

    I'm going to look at it on Friday Afternoon/ Saturday morning, (After I got pipped at the last hurdle on the last one GRrrrrrrh!) So if its cosmetically intact, what else should I look for? Is it worth asking them to put it in for an MOT and if it passes just cover the cost of the test?

    I've looked at Cat D's before, but not ones that have already been repaired LOL

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    as far as i know cat D is just cosmietic damage anyway, i might be wrong though, obviously dont pay list price as its been recoreded as damaged, look under the boot carpet at the boot floor....

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    I would check underside of the rear too.

    Is the seller telling you it had a rear end hit? BUT one thing, how do you know it was a rear ender? Well you dont!!

    So UNLESS you have photographic eveidence that it has rear end damage, then make sure you check everything else with a fine tooth comb too as that could be a diversion from where the actual damage was. This has happened to me in the past and I checked thoroughly and found damage was repaird on somewhere completely dofferent on the car!

    Check all joints etc, take someone with you if you can as you could be delibertaly diverted away from checking the enitre car, ask a mate to keep the seller occupied whilst you check.

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    Do the AA and RAC checks cover this sort of thing?

    Edit - When they come with you to view the car, do they check for damage etc or just mechanical, engine etc?

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    I would guess that they check the usual roadworthyness of a car. I would think that they wouldnt pinpoint accidental damage.

    Where is the car located?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaux-Man-G View Post
    I would guess that they check the usual roadworthyness of a car. I would think that they wouldnt pinpoint accidental damage.

    Where is the car located?
    Funny enough... Birmingham...

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    Quote Originally Posted by n_hudson View Post
    Funny enough... Birmingham...
    PM me the details and if its within my vicinty, I will try take a whizz past it for you and tell you what I think of it. Im from Brumington too, but there are some areas where its a of you are buying a Cat-D...been there and nearly bitten, so once bitten twice shy, etc.

    When looking at a car, if its in CERTAIN area's, I dont even bother going to look anymore!


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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra3.2dave View Post
    as far as i know cat D is just cosmietic damage anyway,
    Category D. Vehicles which fall within D category are vehicles where the cost of repair is less than the value of the vehicle, however for a number of reasons it may not be economically viable to repair the vehicle. This could be for a number of reasons.

    My previous Vec-C (53 reg) was classed as a Cat-D write off. It was more than cosmetically damaged.
    http://img111.imageshack.us/img111/8...2007209lh7.jpg

    Estimated at £5,500 worth of damage. Someone bought it from the salvage company for £2,000. They also bought a couple of flood damaged Vectra-Cs and rebuilt it using the chassis legs, bodywork and radiators from flood damaged cars. I think he put it back on the road for something like £3,500 (including buying the car).


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    Nothing wrong with cat d cars, just sold my 57 plate cat d Fiesta ST
    Just remember a cat d car is worth roughly 2/3rds of a non damaged car
    Make sure its been repaired correctly try to get pictures of the damage before the repairs most people will take pictures for before and after
    thats abouts it matey cat D cars do not require a VIC check so theres no issues with log books and Tax they are not listed as cat D on the log book

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    on a rear ended turbocharged car please please please check the turbocharger it is not uncommon for the impact force to travel along the exhaust and damage the charger despite the fitting of a flexi joint.
    i have had this happen to me before now after my old car was repaired following an rear end shunt 700 miles later the turbo died due to damage that started as a hairline crack in the housing caused by impact forces through the exhaust the resulting arguments with insurance assessor and bodyshop took months before they paid out.

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