Information and legislation regarding written-off vehicles.
This content is for general information only. It does not, and is not intended to, provide legal or technical advice or to represent a legal interpretation of the matters it addresses.
Frequently asked questions
- Category write-off A - The vehicle is deemed not suitable to be repaired. Must be crushed without any parts being removed. The vehicle cannot go back on the road. (End-of-life vehicle)
- Category write-off B - The vehicle is deemed not suitable to be repaired. Usable parts can be recycled. The structural framework must be crushed. The vehicle cannot go back on the road. (End-of-life vehicle)
- Category write-off C - The vehicle is repairable; however, the repair costs exceed the pre-accident value of the vehicle. The vehicle can go back on the road if repaired.
- Category write-off D - The vehicle is repairable; however, the Insurer has chosen not to repair the vehicle for economic reasons. In most cases due to the high possibility of further damages coming to light if sent for repair. The vehicle can go back on the road if repaired.
Only Category A and B write-offs need to be brought to an ATF by the person who is in current ownership of the vehicle.
You can check the history of the vehicle through online websites for a fee even if it is a UK import. You should also bring it to a qualified mechanic and seek advice as to whether it is in a roadworthy condition and safe to drive.
Provided the NCT is notified category A and B write-offs will not be allowed to undergo a test. Category C and D write offs can be put back on the road once repaired and therefore can also be tested. It is important to remember that the NCT is not the same as a warranty. It is a check at a point in time that a vehicle meets a basic standard. It is not a detailed mechanical investigation. The vehicle cannot be dismantled during the NCT so only parts that can be seen and are accessible can be checked.
You should contact the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) to establish what your rights and options are under consumer protection legislation. In addition, you may wish to contact An Garda Síochána who have responsibility for road traffic enforcement.
Any insurance queries must be directed to your insurance provider.