second hand car categories

What is an insurance write-off?
“…Your car insurance company should able to tell you this figure, but here’s an example: if your vehicle was worth £5,000 and your insurance company used a repair-to-value ratio of 60%, the vehicle would be considered beyond economical repair if the work needed exceeded £3,000…”
“Category A: scrap only. For cars so badly damaged they should be crushed and never re-appear on the road. Even salvageable parts must be destroyed.

Category B: body shell should be crushed. Signifies extensive damage, although some parts are salvageable. Should never re-appear on road, although reclaimed parts can be used in other road-going vehicles.

Category C: the vehicle is repairable but the costs exceed the vehicle’s value. Can re-appear on road.

Category D: the vehicle is repairable but repair costs are significant compared to the vehicle value – including time delays to source parts. Can re-appear on road.”
http://www.rac.co.uk/community/blog/rac-blog/september-2011/what-is-an-insurance-write-off/

 

The truth behind category D insurance writes-offs
“Consumers are being warned about cars that have been written off by insurance companies reappearing on the second-hand market.”
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/road-safety/9214351/The-truth-behind-category-D-insurance-writes-offs.html

 

Rights and wrongs of an insurance write-off
http://www.moneysupermarket.com/car-insurance/blog/rights-and-wrongs-of-insurance-write-off/

What Is a Salvage-Title Vehicle?
http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/what-is-a-salvage-title-vehicle.html