The UK used cars most likely to have been written-off


Analysis of My Car Check data for the first half of 2016 has revealed the UK used cars most likely to have been written-off. Nearly a quarter (23.67%) of all searches returned a write-off warning, with the riskiest models being the Peugeot 208 Active and the Ford Fiesta Edge 60.

Write-off warnings as a proportion of searches

 1 Peugeot 208 Active 48.65%
 2 Ford Fiesta Edge 60 48.57%
 3 Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition 40.60%
 4 Honda Civic Es I-vtec 40.00%
 5 BMW 116d Efficient Dynamics 38.89%
 6 Nissan Note Acenta 38.71%
 7 Ford Fiesta Edge 38.46%
 8 Nissan Micra S Auto 37.84%
 9 Vauxhall Corsa Sri 37.74%
 10 Vauxhall Corsa Sxi Ac 37.74%

Source: (models with minimum 30 checks between 1 January and 30 June 2016)

Head of My Car Check, Roger Powell, said: “Any previously written-off vehicle must be viewed with caution, especially when inspecting the quality of repairs. The implications of being involved in a further accident in a car which has not been properly repaired don’t bear thinking about. Even leaving the safety aspect aside, previous write-offs should generally cost a lot less than a like-for-like non-accident damaged vehicle. In a survey a couple of years ago, 79% of My Car Check customers said they wouldn’t buy one. The flipside is that some buyers are happy to look at category C or D write-offs and use the data to push for a price reduction.”

With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, My Car Check holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads – things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer.

CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns My Car Check, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco and WhatCar?.