Write Off Check

Find out more information about the vehicle write off.

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Uzma Naz Rafique

Enter the registration number below to make a vehicle insurance write-off inquiry.

How to check if car is an insurance write off?

Enter the car registration number in our Website and press the "GET CAR CHECK " button. On the next screen, you'll find useful DVLA vehicle information, details including MOT, Tax status, mileage information, including how much it will cost to tax the vehicle. Get a vehicle history check by purchasing the Gold Check to see vehicle write-off status. We provide a useful Alert to show you the status quickly and clearly. Our Sample report will give you an example of what to expect when you purchase.

How to check if a car has been in an accident for free?

Vehicles which have been in an accident which cannot be repaired due to severity or costs more than the value of the vehicle, a write off category is given. This can reduce the value of the car as the car has been written off. You can quickly and easily find out the date, year and what type of damage occurred. To find out if a car has been in a accident, enter the vehicle registration number in our Website and purchase Gold report. You will be emailed and shown a report to show vehicle information as well as write off status.

What Insurance Categories are there?

CAT A
This is a complete write off with the most severe cases of damage. These cars are most likely destroyed and it is a really bad idea to buy one if it’s offered on sale.
CAT B
This is the second level of damage of a vehicle. It is strongly advised NOT to purchase a car if the car history report comes up with CAT B as it would have been destroyed and stripped for parts. Be very wary.
CAT S
An accident to a car with CAT S would have had damages to the structural frame or cassis. CAT S are most likely salvaged cars and be aware of purchasing a car. It would be important to inspect it correctly with an authorised mechanic.
CAT C
Would have significant damage to the car, but repairable but it cost more than the vehicle itself. Insurers often sell Cat C vehicles on for salvage. Many are safely repaired and on the road.
CAT D
Would have had some damage to the car, but repairable but it cost more than the vehicle itself. Insurers often sell Cat D vehicles on for salvage. Many are safely repaired and on the road.
CAT N
Would have had some damage to the car, but not as severe. The car would have been repairable but it cost more than the vehicle itself.. Insurers often sell Cat N vehicles on for salvage. Many are safely repaired and on the road.

Will I find out where the damage occurred?

Enter your registration number from the homepage then click on Gold Check. The report will show you an alert with what type of damage the vehicle has recorded by the DVLA. Click on Write-Off report to view the loss date and the loss type. This information is recorded by the insurer so unfortunately no further information can be given on where the damage occurred. We recommend a trusty mechanic to inspect the car carefully for damage

How do I check my car accident history?

Enter your registration number from the homepage then click on Gold Check. The report will show you an alert with what type of damage the vehicle has recorded by the DVLA. Click on Write-Off report to view the loss date and the loss type. This information is recorded by the insurer.

Why is a Write Off check important?

You may wonder why this is an important check, or if you should buy a insurance write off. If a car has been properly repaired, then you would have no issues purchasing Cat S, Cat N, Cat D or Cat C car. These vehicles are normally lower in price compared to vehicle which has not been in an accident. If you’re purchasing from a trader, this information will be given to you clearly with HPI checks under UK law. Private owners are not obliged to do so and seldom share information that could affect the sale price. Check out our blog which provides you insight of the history of a damaged car verses purchasing a car with insurance write off without knowing!


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