The vehicle models popular in Poland are quite risky to buy: it is not uncommon for them to be a total write-off worth from one to a few dozen thousand PLN. As per the autoDNA service, in the case of such popular models as Audi A6 or A4, the percentage of checks which returned the “total write-off” result in 2019 was, on average, higher than 10%.
AutoDNA is one of the biggest on-line vehicle history report providers in Poland and Europe. The service has investigated how frequent the total writeoff cases were and how much they were worth in 2019 for the most popular second-hand vehicles on the Polish market. The “leader” was Ford Focus. While it is only the 10th most popularly checked vehicle in terms of the average value of a total write-off (41,000 PLN), in terms of the write-off frequency it is, unfortunately, rating much higher.
You are always risking coming across a total write-off when you’re looking for a popular Audi model: for A6 and A4, every 10th check in the autoDNA database returns information on damage. For Audi A3, the chance is even higher: 11,4%. The percentage is the same as for another Polish second-hand bestseller, the Volkswagen Golf. According to the data gathered by autoDNA, the absolute record breaker in terms of the value of total write-off is Audi A6, for which the average score is 66,700 PLN. This is affected by the high prices of premium class car parts, of course.
The average class Ford Mondeo has the average value of total write-off that is lower by over 25,000 PLN; for a Mondeo, the value is, on average, 41,400 PLN. The Mondeo is also one of the “safest” options researched by autoDNA as part of this study. In 2019, the vehicle had a 6.8% chance of total write-off; this was the lowest score in the whole study.
TOP10 of vehicles with the highest value of total write-off
|Brand, model||% chance of total write-off*||Average value of total write-off in PLN*|
|Ford Focus||13,2||41 000|
|Volkswagen Golf||11,4||53 700|
|Audi A3||11,4||43 800|
|Opel Astra||10,9||41 800|
|Audi A6||10,6||66 700|
|Audi A4||10,6||54 900|
|Opel Insignia||9,1||51 400|
|Skoda Octavia||8,4||47 000|
|Volkswagen Passat||7,6||51 000|
|Ford Mondeo||6,8||41 400|
*rounded values according to the database as well as the actual searches in the autoDNA
What about the so popular Volkswagen Passat? It has returned the average value of total write-off of 51,000 PLN, and the chance was 7.6%. This is the second “safest” option after the Mondeo. The next ones are a Skoda Octavia (8.4%) and Opel Insignia (9.1%). The lower the score, the better it is for the buyer of a second-hand car, as a lower score means a lesser chance of coming across a total write-off. The statistics prove that checking the vehicle history before making the purchase is a real necessity, at least for those who would like to know what it is exactly they are paying for. It is worth remembering that the data is collected from the moment the given vehicle is manufactured until the moment it is scrapped. The scope of information available depends on the given vehicle and the country in which it was registered for the first time.
- Even the report available free of charge allows you to search the database of over 0.5 billion records and see basic information, including the availability of additional reports, which means the country of previous registrations and the scope of additional data available after purchasing the paid report. The free sample is there so you know in advance what you can get when you purchase the full version for several dozen PLN. The lack of photos or records of total loss in the paid report is also important, as it can help you decide to buy or sell the car more easily. We are observing a growing interest in our reports among car sellers, as they can confirm the information contained in their ads, says Mariusz Sawula, Managing Director of autoDNA.
Depending on the options chosen, you can purchase a report for less than 30 PLN. This is a good investment regardless of the amount of information available for the vehicle you are looking up. Even the most basic data provided free of charge will allow you to verify the information the seller has included in the ad. This is pure knowledge worth thousands of PLN, made available to you on-line.
There are 1.1 billion vehicles registered worldwide, and a number of them have been damaged even though their sellers will never tell you this. Vehicle history or photos are not the only information available in the report. You can also find out about the original equipment, engine code or the colour of paint in there. Thanks to this, for as little as a few dozen PLN you can filter out some real opportunities from the minefield the Polish used car market is. The benefits of the report apply not only to the buyers, because the seller can, and should, provide the report with the car for sale as a kind of certificate of conformity. The autoDNA report makes it possible to authenticate the vehicle for sale for a small price and helps the buyer make the right decision, thus accelerating the closing of the transaction, which is what every car seller cares about.
AutoDNA is one of the biggest on-line vehicle history report providers in Poland and Europe. AutoDNA Vehicle History Reports provide information about used vehicles and their history. We offer our own car history reports as well as information shared by by the world’s largest providers of vehicle history information. Our reports have been protecting a number of customers from buying second-hand cars with unknown history for years!