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What is Cat S?

Category S is one of four categories of write-off that insurance companies use to accurately determine the level of damage a vehicle has suffered to cause it to be written off. In basic terms, a Cat S vehicle is one which is deemed to have sustained structural damage, including its chassis, often as a result of an accident.

In the vast majority of cases, a Cat S vehicle can be repaired despite its structural issues. Nevertheless, repairing structural damage to vehicles can be extremely expensive. That’s why used vehicles with structural damage will often be written off as the repair, administration and possible hire car costs will exceed the total value of the vehicle prior to its accident.

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Car Cleaning Tips

Motorist cleaning their car

This is the really fun stuff: the flash, show-off bits that are the reason you bought the car in the first place, so you should keep them clean.

There are a few different things you’ll need to look at to get your motor looking its best, and we’re going to cover all of them in this monster guide. Follow all the steps and you’ll be left with a car that looks as good as the day it came off the show floor.

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Used Tyres Guide

Stacks of used tyres against a wall

Following an exposé in 2012, traders of used and part-worn tyres have suffered a knock to their reputation.  The TyreSafe and AutoExpress investigation revealed a frighteningly large number of dealers selling tyres of illegal – even potentially lethal – quality.  According to TyreSafe data, only 6% of the used tyres they inspected met the legal standard, with up to 58% featuring defects or structural damage affecting their safety.

For some years, the part-worn tyre has been a popular alternative to the (now largely extinct) remoulded tyre, which involved recladding a worn-out tyre with new rubber.  In contrast, a part-worn tyre is simply a tyre which has previously been used on another vehicle.  These are often taken from a vehicle before it is scrapped, if the tyres are deemed roadworthy and valuable enough to be salvaged.

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MOT: the complete guide

MOT Approved Test station symbol

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) is Britain’s annual test of vehicle safety, road-worthiness and emissions.  The MOT is a legal requirement in Great Britain, so it pays to understand the ins and outs of it.

We know, however, that everyone must take a first MOT at some point, so we put together this guide on everything you need to bear in mind when taking your vehicle in for its annual check-up.

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Buying used cars at online auctions

Auction cars for inspection on a lot at ASM Auto Recycling in Thame, Oxford.

The perceived viability of buying cars on auction will always vary depending on whom you ask.  However, there can be no doubt that buying used cars through online auctions is one of the most effective methods of getting a bargain for a vehicle, despite evident risks.

Since there is less opportunity to correct any mistakes made online than at a physical auction house, there’s lots to be aware of – whether you’re a veteran or a newbie to the auctioning process.  That’s why we’ve created this guide covering the potential pitfalls to avoid, as well as best practices to follow, before, during, and even after used car auctions that take place online.

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