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Hi all, so I have new project to play with. A Cat S Mini F56 Cooper S. Super low mileage, 20k on the clock on a 15 plate, 1 owner car from new.

Spec wise it has a few bits:
Smaller Nav
LED headlights
Active cruise control with parking sensors all around
JCW spoiler
Lounge leather seats with matching steering wheel
Black headliner
Panoramic Roof

I wanted something with 4 seats as the children are getting into cars and want to come with me to car events etc.

Check out my new car day video below. I will share more detail and plans once I've had chance to properly look over it, now its been delivered:


Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr


Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr

Sat next to my R56 it looks like a monster truck:

Untitled by James Baker, on Flickr
 

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What’s caused it to be CAT S? Suggests structural that
Not sure yet, very little detail. So I’m getting it up in the air tomorrow to see what the damage is. We can’t see anything so far that isn’t bolt on/off but maybe there’s something underneath. Let’s see tomorrow, note my BRZ was also Cat S and that was a couple of £15 replaceable welded pieces that were damaged, that caused that.
 

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Yeah, it’s welded parts that will make it an S cat.
When they changed the old system away from A/B/C/D it’s not made it any clearer what damages are now.
A new weld on 1/4 panel and the costs could be CAT S. But a load of bolt on panels and such like, only an N.
Always wary of C & D CATs in the past as it could be a C just from being keyed all round and costing more than the cars worth. But a £15k car could end up being a CAT D for £9k of damage.
I know which I’d rather buy on that basis, but a CAT C sounded worse on paper
 

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Nothing anymore, but it’s likely to cost more to insure and won’t be worth its pre-accident / repair value.
Which is all good if you repair it yourself (as here) and don’t plan on selling etc
I actually found no difference in insuring my BRZ or previous F56 both Cat S, my insurer didn't care, they valued it less if anything ever happened so can't complain, as like you say you get into it cheap.

I am into this currently for £4750, which is super cheap. For the same spec and low mileage not Cat S, you would be looking at £14,000. I could put this one back on the road using second hand parts for less than £2000 if I don't have to paint anything, so a significant saving and a great base to modify from.
 

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While waiting for the parts to arrive I decided to start labelling up all the disconnected cables so I know exactly what goes where. This helped me to spot that someone had disconnected the washer bottle sensor and also that one of the front parking sensors was missing. I also started removing all the broken support pieces for the crash beam, the fans, the crash beam themselves and then the Airtec intercooler arrived so on that went as well:



Video below covers the initial investigation of the damage and what I tend to look out for with a damaged car:


Another delivery of bonnet related parts arrived today as I couldn't find a volcanic orange used bonnet and people want stupid money for used parts, most parts are actually cheap from dealerships like Rybrook Stratford parts department who have looked after me. That bonnet and bumper are going to the bodyshop later today to get them painted.



I also posted on Facebook mini groups asking if anyone wanted to swap my full leather interior for their JCW seats. And a very nice chap offered to do the swap, which we did this Saturday, so out mine came:



We then removed this and fitted my interior to his car:



The I threw the front seats straight in so I can reconnect the battery again, I have left out the rears for now, just in case the dent removal company I have booked need to get to the rear of the panel. Really happy with the JCW seats, what a difference it makes already to the interior



This is the dent in question, they seem confident they can get it out, so interested to see how they get on:

 

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While waiting for the parts to arrive I decided to start labelling up all the disconnected cables so I know exactly what goes where. This helped me to spot that someone had disconnected the washer bottle sensor and also that one of the front parking sensors was missing. I also started removing all the broken support pieces for the crash beam, the fans, the crash beam themselves and then the Airtec intercooler arrived so on that went as well:



Video below covers the initial investigation of the damage and what I tend to look out for with a damaged car:


Another delivery of bonnet related parts arrived today as I couldn't find a volcanic orange used bonnet and people want stupid money for used parts, most parts are actually cheap from dealerships like Rybrook Stratford parts department who have looked after me. That bonnet and bumper are going to the bodyshop later today to get them painted.



I also posted on Facebook mini groups asking if anyone wanted to swap my full leather interior for their JCW seats. And a very nice chap offered to do the swap, which we did this Saturday, so out mine came:



We then removed this and fitted my interior to his car:



The I threw the front seats straight in so I can reconnect the battery again, I have left out the rears for now, just in case the dent removal company I have booked need to get to the rear of the panel. Really happy with the JCW seats, what a difference it makes already to the interior



This is the dent in question, they seem confident they can get it out, so interested to see how they get on:

I’d be really interested to see how good the repair is. I’ll be surprised and tip my hat to them if it’s as good as new, but I’d expect them to shift 90% of the indent
 
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