Car Salvage Categories

Below is a list of the classifications by which insurance companies write-off vehicles.

Vehicles categorised as ‘A’ or ‘B’ have been so severely accident damaged that they are deemed unfit for repair by the insurers and must therefore be ‘crushed’ to prevent them from being able to go back on the road.

We don’t sell cat ‘A’ or ‘B’ vehicles as repairable salvage – we only sell repairable categories ‘N’ and ‘S’ to our customers.

Please note new car categories were implemented from 1 October 2017, replacing former CAT-C, CAT-D and CAT-U salvage categories.

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CAT A
Categorised as ‘scrap’.  A written-off vehicle that must be totally destroyed, including all of its parts.
CAT B
Categorised as ‘break’.  A written-off vehicle from which the spare parts may be re-sold, but from which the body-shell should be destroyed so that the vehicle cannot be returned to the road.
CAT S
Categorised as ‘structurally damaged’.  A vehicle which is considered repairable and allowed to return onto the road.
CAT N
Categorised as ‘non-structurally damaged’.  A vehicle also considered to be repairable and allowed back on the road.