There are good reasons to sell a car, faulty or not. Maybe you bought a newer model! Maybe you inherited a classic cruiser! Maybe even you decided to move to the Himalayas and become a monk!
Unfortunately, there are also a lot of bad reasons to sell a car. The worst reason is when you have to sell your car because it’s no longer road-worthy and faulty. Now, every car will eventually reach the end of its life on the roads, but when this comes early, you can be put in a tough position. Whether due to accident or general breakdown, you may find yourself in a position where your car needs to go.
So rather than looking to sell a faulty car, have you considered donating it to a local charity? Donating your faulty car with Giveacar is a simple, smooth and pain-free process, so continue reading to find out more.
What to do if the car has failed its MOT?
If your car has failed its MOT, you cannot drive it. There are virtually no exceptions to this rule, at least under normal conditions. However, there are no rules against selling a vehicle without an MOT. You’ll have to be up-front with the car’s condition, but sometimes you may find a buyer willing to take a car with a failed MOT off your hands. Much depends on why the car failed, whether because of something fairly drastic, or a simple fix. A potential buyer with ready access to a garage may purchase a car without an MOT intending to fix it up to resale, which again is perfectly legal.
What to do if the car is an insurance write-off?
If your car has ever been in an accident or suffered damage from other causes (such as natural disasters), there’s a slightly different procedure to follow. First, insurance companies group cars into one of several categories, briefly summarised below:
- Category A – The vehicle is beyond repair and can only be crushed and salvaged.
- Category B – The vehicle is beyond repair, but some parts can be salvaged.
- Category S – Structural damage, vehicle can be driven following repairs.
- Category N – Non-structural damage, vehicle can be driven following repairs.
Category A and B cars can never be insured or driven again, no matter how much repair work is done. Your only options with those categories is to sell the vehicle as scrap – either directly to an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), or to a trusted third-party dealer who will then take the car to an ATF.
Category S and N cars can be sold, but the category markers must be disclosed to any potential buyers, and those markers will remain with the vehicle for life. Nevertheless, they can be repaired and restored to road-worthiness, at least in principle.
Of course, the categories factor heavily on the cost of repairs rather than the extent of the damage. Insurance companies weigh pay-outs and the general cost of specific repairs when deciding whether or not to write off a vehicle. There are plenty of cases where it may make sense to keep the damaged vehicle and either sell it as-is, to someone with the time and money to repair it, or to sell it for parts and then scrap what is left. Just remember, this only applies to S and N categories; A and B vehicles are good only for the scrapyard.
What to do if the car is scrap?
As mentioned above, if the car falls into categories A or B, or if you’re having trouble selling it, or even if you’ve wound up with a used-car lemon that has cost you far more than it’s worth, you may need to send your vehicle to be scrapped, salvaged, and recycled. That means finding an ATF near you, which can be done through the DVLA website here.
You can find more information about the insurance write-off categories here.
If your car is simply faulty, you can attempt to sell it at any point. Just be honest and upfront about the problem; you might be surprised at how many people would be interested in taking it on!