I'm looking to buy a second hand car.
I've found one I like, but the owner is saying its stolen/recovered and that's has been classified as cat N.
He claims he bought from a police auction as non runner and 'all it needed was a new battery and a few bits like spark plugs, 1 ignition coil, rear spring and new filters (air, oil and air on) as it had been sat for a while'…
All sounds fairly innocent, but just not sure if this is one to avoid?
I've asked for the paperwork from the police auction and initial garage inspection.
A fashion forum is probably not the best place to seek this sort of advice, but I know a few of you are well into your cars.
The battery, spark plugs, filters etc are maintenance items, a car would never be written off for that.
As toocan says above cat N means non structural, but there must have been some more damage (bumpers, lights etc but not chassis related) or bits nicked, trim, seats, idrive or other media controllers and screen etc for it to be written off in the first place.