you presume wrong
All you need to know about Cat D is here:
Cat D classes the car as cost of repairing the damage as more than 60% of the value of the car.
Imo, a Cat D claim on a 1/2/3 year old car means walk away. the car has had significant damage.
A Cat D claim on a 10 year old car might only mean something like a new wing.
Yes I can
At a minimum, it would have had to be heavy impact at the wing which resulted in airbag deployment as a replacement wing alone is not going to make an 08 golf a cat d.
If airbag were deployed, the car needs thorough investigation.
The car may have suffered very litle damage but will you be able to sell it again when the time comes?
I recently was interested in a Focus RS which i ran by carchecker as it was cheaper then the petrol to look myself, cat d write off and i "walked away"
You can't be sure how well the car has been repaired and it COULD be a death trap. Spend your money on a sound car, even if itmeans getting one a year or two older.
wrong on every account
are one that has been damaged and not recorded
Explain then how a simple wing replacement will cause a cat d on an 08 golf? You seem very sure that I'm wrong. What cost would you associate with a wing replacement on this car via insurance?
What value would you put on an 08 golf? Also we don't know when the damage occurred. If it occurred early in its life, the damage would be even more significant to warrant a cat d.
the lowest amount of damage is category d. so if the car has a recorded claim no matter how small it would be cat d. have seen cars with no visible damage listed as cat d and c
You came on to this thread and contradicted everyone bluntly telling them they are wrong as if you have great wisdom on this topic. It is now clear that you have no idea what you are talking about. Please go away and educate yourself on the subject before condemning all opinions. Cat d is the lowest level of write off. The cost of damage versus car value that constitutes a cat d was highlighted earlier in this thread. There are many instances of damage to cars that do not result in a cat d or any other category of write off.
This is one of the few times I'd approved of the use of a Captain Picard facepalm pic.
i have bought more cat d cars than you sat in. if you dont want to know the facts i couldnt care less.
go for it
Here's a CAT D golf just so eveyone has an idea of what it would be classed like in the UK, frontal damage and airbags blown. I'd suspect the car OP is looking at could have been something similar damage wise.
or just for balance it could have been cosmetic just like this one http://www.usedcarsni.com/83578280
it could have been anything from a scratch to a mangle
Ends in a mangle doesn't start with a scratch though.