can you sell a car that has been written off

Just because your car has been ‘written off’ doesn’t necessarily mean you should give it away for free. Written off vehicles still have value. It all depends on the extent of the damage. You check your vehicle’s write off category assigned by the insurance company to determine what to do with the written-off car.

What can you do with a written-off car?

Cars in categories A and B cannot be repaired and are usually scrapped by the insurance provider. Ensure to send your logbook (V5C) to your insurance provider but hold on to the section in yellow (sell, transfer, or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade). You should apply to take your personalized number plate off the vehicle before it is crushed if you want to keep it. Then, inform the DVLA that your car has been written off to avoid legal issues and fines in the future. If your damaged car falls in category C, D N, or S, you can either repair it or sell it for scrap or parts. Here are some issues to consider to help you decide what to do with a written-off car:

Repair a Written Off Car

If your damaged car falls into categories C, D, N, or S, you can still repair and restore your car to its former glory. But first, you’ll have to buy it back from your insurance provider. Your agreement to keep the car should reflect on the settlement figure. To keep a category C or S vehicle, insurance providers require the complete log book. Then, you can use a V62 form to apply for a free duplicate log book. But you don’t have to send your log book to buy back a damaged vehicle in category D or N from your insurance provider.

It is tempting to repair the car yourself and watch as your skills transform scrap into a roadworthy vehicle. But repairing written off cars require expertise to meet the requirements of the Association of British Insurers. Sometimes, you can buy back a damaged vehicle in categories C, D, N, or S then realize that you can’t afford or don’t have the time to repair it. If you find yourself in this position, don’t panic because you can still turn the scrap into hard cash.

Sell a Written Off Car for Scrap or Parts

Restoring a written-off car in categories C, D, N, and S to meet roadworthy standards can cost you a lot of time and money. If repairing it is overwhelming, you can still squeeze out some money from the scrap. Someone somewhere can benefit from reusable parts in your written off car. You need professional scrap car dealers to connect with a buyer who is willing to pay the best price. You can also decide to sell your car for scrap, but selling it for parts will fetch you more. So, where can you scrap your car?

Write-off categories

 The value of your car depends on which category your vehicle is in.

CategoryRepairing the vehicleUsing the vehicle
ACannot be repairedEntire vehicle has to be crushed
BCannot be repairedBody shell has to be crushed, but you can salvage other parts from it
CCan be repaired, but it would cost more than the vehicle’s worthYou can use the vehicle again if it’s repaired to a roadworthy condition
DCan be repaired and would cost less than the vehicle’s worth, but other costs (such as transporting your vehicle) take it over the vehicle’s valueYou can use the vehicle again if it’s repaired to a roadworthy condition
NCan be repaired following non-structural damageYou can use the vehicle again if it’s repaired to a roadworthy condition

Where can I Scrap My Car?

Easy Scrap Car Collections is the best dealer to sell your car for scrap and parts. We have locations across the UK and can connect you with a buyer that will pay the best price for reusable car parts. You can access our services online and enjoy the best prices based on salvage value and scrap value. We also offer free collection and car recycling services.

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