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Thread: NSX on ebay (slightly mauled)

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    But surely you can fit an aftermarket steering wheel such as a Motolita and not have to worry about having an airbag. This is what I have in my car.
    In fact, the original wheel is in my loft with the airbag still inside.
    Perhaps it will be priceless in a few year’s time ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyOne? View Post
    Gosh, just 24,000 miles. Owner must have been v hacked off.

    The write-off due to lack of airbag availability, if true, is a concern.
    I think that the air-bag claim is a "slight" exaggeration!?
    A cat B shouldn't go back on the road due to the extent of the damage suffered. They're supposed to be stripped for parts etc... I just hope no one is duped into believing they can put this back on the road easily if at all.

    Taken from an insurance website
    Category B write-offs represent serious damage to a vehicle which could include body or parts damage that is beyond repair and should not re-appear on the roads. However if the vehicle is of significant value & either financial or sentimental, then you may think it is worth repairing to make it road worthy once more. Even if you want to get your car back on the road, you are faced with the potential block of insurance providers refusing you cover.

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    Yes, you can put a CAT B back on the road. Various reasons for CAT B status, not all are related to extent of damage.

    You write to the DVLA and they will give you a new log book. DVLA only use a VIC marker system so the car will just have VIC mark against it. DVLA hold no details on CAT B, C, D etc. (or whatever the new ones are). They may ask for inspection but unlikely (they stopped doing this a couple of years ago)

    However, it's the insurance companies that have an issue with CAT B cars so when you come to insure you may have a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drmikey View Post
    Yes, you can put a CAT B back on the road. Various reasons for CAT B status, not all are related to extent of damage.

    You write to the DVLA and they will give you a new log book. DVLA only use a VIC marker system so the car will just have VIC mark against it. DVLA hold no details on CAT B, C, D etc. (or whatever the new ones are). They may ask for inspection but unlikely (they stopped doing this a couple of years ago)

    However, it's the insurance companies that have an issue with CAT B cars so when you come to insure you may have a problem.
    I know categorisation has changed now on insurance claims but previously I thought Cat A had to be crushed in its entirety whereas a Cat B could be stripped for parts but the body shell had to be cut in such a way that it could not be easily rebuild, ie down the middle of the sills, b-pillars etc.

    I was surprised when I read the comments that I quoted which are in line with what you've said..

    Even given the feasibility of putting the car back on the road I still think the sellers comment of the car being a Cat B due to airbag deployment and availability is not quite telling the story. The car has clearly has body/chassis damage that they don't want to clearly display.

    It could just be done this was as a ploy to get someone "through the door ' then discuss money but I just think they're being economical with the truth..

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    It is a very ambiguous area. I was offered a CAT B NSX years ago. From my inspection it was no worse than a CAT C. I believe it did end up back on the road and exported.

    Recently I bought a CAT B integra DC2. Had some damage nothing major, but apparently it was CAT Bd because it had an accident. Was still driveable, and then had another accident whilst waiting on the original claim. So that CAT Bd it.

    1998 NA2 Midnight Purple Targa Manual - Love this car
    1999 NA2 Kaiser Silver Manual Track Car - Finally completed
    1992 NA1 Sebring Silver Coupe Manual - nearly finished
    2007 Audi R8 V8 - what the new NSX should have been!
    2012 981 Boxster S - For the hairdresser in me.
    2003 BMW E46 Manual M3 - best handling RWD car
    2005 Audi S4 - more Audi V8


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