Would you buy this car? Category S write off. 2016 VW Polo GTI - Too good to be true?
I’ve found a car that seems to be a brilliant deal but it had a category S insurance write off. (For anyone not in UK Cat S means structural and damage to the chassis). I’d like to get some car people’s opinions on whether or not it’s a good find or whether I should steer clear?
The car has done 10,000 miles only and is up for sale at £8,950, which is £4,500 cheaper than market value of the same car without a Cat S write off. The seller bought it and repaired it after it supposedly slid and crashed into a snowy bank. No airbags went off during the crash. He has sent me photos of before repair. Shown here:
The following have been replaced (and maybe more I’m not sure):
Bumper (genuine VW)
Wing (genuine VW)
Passenger door window (he says smashed by branch)
Headlight (although not brand new)
Door has had a dent removed
Here are the photos after the repair:
Like I say, there may have been other issues I’m not too sure and I don’t know huge amount about cars. The seller fixed most of it himself and he has bought and fixed a few Cat S/D cars.
The car has been through a full VW service for age and mileage and had their health check that said the tracking needed adjustment but that can be sorted easily. To me the damage doesn’t look too bad but I wondered what car people’s opinions were!