What is a CAT A write off

Category A is one of the 4 main categories of write-offs:

A ‘Cat A’ is not a repairable vehicle.

The vehicle must be scrapped and no parts or components can be sold other than for scrap. In this category, scrap value rarely covers the cost of recovery and delivery to a scrap yard.

Category A is designated as severely damaged such as a total burnout or flood damage with no serviceable parts, or already a stripped out shell. In the UK the DVLA will require a “Notification of Destruction”.

In Ireland this vehicle would have to be disposed of in an authorised treatment facility and have end of life “certificate of destruction” issued and the vehicle then becomes End of Life (ELV).

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