Can I get the marker removed from the record on a repaired Cat-D write-off?

Hi Edmund, I bought a bmw x3 last year which is a CAT D, the engine had sucked water into it and was damaged. I got the engine repaired, and ran it for nearly a year, was wonderind if i could get the CAT D catagory removed and how ? Many thanks John

Asked by john

The Category D write-off marker will remain part of the vehicle’s history for life.  It can’t be removed and will always show in a history check.

We always advise:

If you are considering buying a used car previously written off by an insurer, bear in mind that its Category C/D status is marked on the V5C registration document and will affect the vehicle’s future resale value and saleability – this should be reflected in the current purchase price.

You will need to satisfy yourself that repairs have been carried out to a satisfactory standard.

Bear in mind too that some insurers may refuse to insure a repaired Category C/D write-off. Check with your insurer before buying.


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