Sell my Cat A / B car or van

After an accident, all vehicles involved will be assessed by the insurance company covering them in order to place them into one of the four currently-existing categories. These groups, known as salvage, insurance or write-off categories, broadly explain the extent of the damage that the vehicle has suffered.

You may think that the categories themselves were created to simplify the understanding of car damage levels, and you’d be right, in a sense. They allow insurers and mechanics to concisely explain how severe a vehicle’s damage is and whether or not the car is worth fixing up – if it’s even possible to do so at all. But, to the average driver, these insurance categories could seem like more technical jargon designed to confuse you, especially since the classic ‘A to D’ format has now been replaced with categories A, B, S & N. Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

Salvage Category Updates

As we mentioned above, the insurance categories underwent an overhaul not too long ago – in October 2017 – which meant that Cat C & Cat D instead became S & N, respectively, and their meanings were changed slightly. Whilst this may have broken up the alphabetic ordering of the categories, which on paper seems like it would complicate matters, the letters instead became abbreviations that stand for damage-related words. We’ll get into those categories another time, but for now, we’re going to dive into categories A and B.

Category A Explained

To put it bluntly, if your car gets given a Category A title by its insurance company, it’s game over – there are no two ways about it. Cat A cars must be scrapped in their entirety. The metal and other parts that they’re made up of could be recycled, but only after the vehicle has been crushed down to ensure that this car will never be out on the road again.

This isn’t a decision made on a whim, though. Cars that are given Category A status will have suffered extreme damage that is simply irreparable. They must be disposed of completely on safety grounds. Essentially, no amount of repairing or replacing parts could possibly make the vehicle road-safe. In fact, even parts that are still in one piece and seem like they could be reused must also be destroyed.

What Kind Of Damage Results In Category A Classification?

Category A classification is restricted to those vehicles unfortunate enough to suffer extensive damage throughout their entire body. This is most often caused by an extremely nasty crash, but damage could have been sustained in other ways, too.

Your car may have been damaged when at home, for example by another driver ploughing into it while it’s parked up on your driveway. Or, perhaps an ‘act of God’ flooded it or even dropped a sizable branch on its roof. Worse still, it might have been stolen and found in a wreck – possibly even on fire – after a short joyride.

We should mention, however, that theft could actually result in another, far rarer categorisation. If you claim on your insurance and receive a payout, only for your car to be found afterwards, the car will be given a Category X title. By this point, the car belongs to the insurance company anyway.

How Much Is a Category A Car Worth As Scrap?

Of course, it’s impossible to give a specific valuation as every car will be different, even in that state. Scrap metal is mostly valued on its weight, so it’s likely that bigger, heavier vehicles will be worth more once crushed down.

Category B Explained

Category B cars aren’t in a condition that’s quite as dire as Cat A vehicles. The B is sometimes said to stand for ‘break’, meaning that these cars must be broken down so that surviving parts can be salvaged. The outer shell of the vehicle will have suffered catastrophic damage similar to that of a Cat A car, but after examination, it will have been determined that internal components are safe to remove and reuse.

However, don’t forget that the car itself will still never be road legal again. No amount of tinkering with the chassis will fix it up to a reusable state like the parts inside it. Once the surviving bits and pieces are stripped, the rest of the car must go straight to the crusher and start its recycling journey.

What Kind Of Damage Results In Category B Classification?

A Cat B title is applied to cars that have been involved in serious incidents that have caused severe, irreparable damage to the car’s structure, but have left most, if not all of the internal components intact. Water or fire damage are common causes of a Cat B classification, as they can do damage to the shell of the vehicle as a whole, unlike a crash on the road which is likely to only impact (literally) one particular section of the bodywork.

How Much Is A Category B Car Worth As Scrap?

Once again, we can’t possibly give you an exact answer, because there isn’t one – each car will be valued differently. The key difference here is that, while your buyer will be getting less scrap metal from your car, they’ll be getting working parts as a bonus, which are ready to be sold on immediately.

However, Scrap Car Comparison will always track down the best quotes that we can find regardless of the size, weight or even write-off Category of your car. Get a quote today to find out how much your vehicle could be worth and to get it picked up at no extra cost from anywhere in the UK.

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