One in six cars on the road have been written off before

New figures have revealed that one in six cars currently on the road have been written off before. That's according to car history website, and it's higher than the figure previously thought, which was one in seven cars.

Car write-offs come in four categories labelled A to D. 'Cat A' write-offs are cars deemed too heavily damaged to be back on the road; 'Cat B' cars have sustained significant damage and shouldn't be back on the road either, but can be salvaged for parts; 'Cat C' are those with repairable damage, but which exceeds the value of the car; and 'Cat D' are relatively 'minor' write-offs, whose damage is significantly expensive but can be repaired.