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Is Your Car a Write Off?

26th April 2022

Research by MotorCheck.ie looked at vehicles imported to Ireland from the United Kingdom and discovered that over 39,000 of them had been written off and sold as salvage.

Worse, a lot of these written-off and severely damaged cars do not exist in the UK Insurer Write-Off database. Checking these vehicles with MotorCheck, on the other hand, reveals the genuine nature of the vehicle's history.

You can find out if your vehicle has been wrote off or serverly dmaged with a Motorcheck check. 

What are the categories of written-off vehicles in Ireland?

  • Category write-off A - The vehicle has been ruled unfit for repair. Crushing must be done without removing any parts. The vehicle is unable to return to the road. (Vehicle that has reached the end of its useful life)
  • Category write-off B - The vehicle has been ruled unfit for repair. Parts that are still usable can be recycled. Crushing the structural framework is required. The vehicle is unable to return to the road. (Vehicle that has reached the end of its useful life)
  • Category write-off C - The automobile is repairable, but the repair expenses surpass the vehicle's pre-accident worth. If the vehicle is repaired, it can be driven again.
  • Category write-off D - The vehicle is repairable; however, for financial reasons, the insurer has decided not to repair it. In most circumstances, due to the high risk of further damage being discovered if the item is submitted for repair. If the vehicle is repaired, it can be driven again.
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Who is in charge of transporting a car to an authorised treatment facility (ATF)?

  • Only Category A and B write-offs must be taken to an ATF by the person who owns the vehicle right now.

Do I have any rights if I bought a car privately and then discovered it was a write-off?

  • To find out what your rights and alternatives are under consumer protection legislation, contact the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. You may also want to contact An Garda Soch├ína, the Irish police force in charge of traffic enforcement.

Data from MotorCheck.ie