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    Default HPI repair categories.

    I often wondered what these categories meant, so after a quick search in google I found this -

    Quote Originally Posted by google
    A - Not for resale. Fire damaged (burnt-out), flood damaged (contaminated or salt water), severely damaged with no serviceable parts, or heavily stripped (shell).
    Notification of Destruction required. (To be crushed). Recorded at DVLA & HPI.


    B - Not for resale. Damaged beyond economical repair and/or severe structural damage.
    Notification of Destruction required. (Parts can be removed and sold). Recorded at DVLA & HPI.


    C - Repairable salvage. Generally applies to older vehicles. Can be sold for repair but must now have VIC inspection.
    Recorded at DVLA & HPI.


    D - Repairable salvage. Minimal damage sometimes stolen and found after claim has been paid, or cost of repair combined with difficulty obtaining new parts to enable a swift repair.
    Recorded with HPI.


    X - Repairable salvage. Not recorded on any registers such as HPI. Limited or very light damage, or vehicle is new or less than 12 months old. Usually requires minimal repair work.
    NOT Recorded with HPI.
    I hope this information is right!

    I always shied away from Cat C or D, but having read this I'd be tempted now if the price was right and I'd had a good mechanic look over the car.

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    a mate buys alot of C+D types and makes some good money out of it.

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    Cat D is ideal, don't have to have the check, just MOT it if it is due. Repair and back on the road. You would be VERY surprised how many there are out there.

    My Frontera is a Cat D and drives straight as a die.

    My Jaguar XKR was a Cat C and drove like new.

    My current Jaguar XK8 is a Category C and drives like new.

    My old Subaru 02 STI Import was a Cat D, again you couldn't tell.

    My Subaru Legacy was a Cat D and doesn't drive. But that's due to the wheels being nicked

    I have owned more cars that have been recorded and frankly if the savings are big enough and the repair is done right then they are a bargain. Just expect resale to be slightly harder and obviously less. But offset that against your savings to start with.

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    Good advice John. Now, where's my autotrader

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJA
    Good advice John. Now, where's my autotrader
    Think you left it lying around here mate:

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk


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    i've had two cat d's :

    mk 3 astra sport and a astra mk 4 sri, both were sound cars. i broke even on both!

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    If you buy with your eye's open and have a good idea what repairs will cost then buying salvage is a good idea..I've done it in the past.. Just make sure that the title is clear on the vehicle.. IIRC cat C's have to have an MOT as well as a VIC.. Most of these vehicles are sold without ANY documents whatsoever, not even a V5..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gsi3.2
    Most of these vehicles are sold without ANY documents whatsoever, not even a V5..
    OIC, so if you buy one without a V5 how easy is it to then obtain one from DVLA, once all the check are carried out? I'm not sure I'd like to buy a car without a valid V5 anyway?

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    If you buy off salvage company then you get the official documents and reciepts to prove you own the car. Simple case (as simple as you can get with the DVLA) is to submit the documents. Though you have to get a VIC check first before they will issue one.

    Cat C is slightly harder work but the savings can be had. Some cars are Cat C and shouldn't be TBH.

    MOT is needed as well as a VIC yes.

    I have done salvage a few times. Sometimes easy peasy, sometimes it has been a "Why the feeck did I do this" if you see what I mean!

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    OK, so what's happened to a car if it's re-registered as a Q plate? Does that mean it's been a Cat A or B?

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