Do I really need a used car check report?
Yes. There are many reasons why we at Car Check UK recommend everyone should buy a car check report before purchasing a used vehicle. Below is a quick summary of the main benefits and the risks should you not check a car history before you decide to buy
1 in 3 used vehicle checks show an adverse history?
If you are one of the people who decide not to bother spending just a few pounds for a vehicle check and are unlucky enough to purchase a vehicle which later turns out to be one of the tens of thousands of vehicles reported as stolen each year it is highly likely the vehicle will be taken from you and be returned to its rightful owner without any compensation. This could be either the previous owner or the insurer. Our Police stolen car check will help you to avoid this. Important warning: Please beeware some car registration check providers do not use official Police data. We only use official data.
1 in 4 vehicles checked turns out to be subject to an outstanding finance agreement. This is one of the greatest dangers facing car buyers today in the UK. If the loan is unpaid you do not have "good title" meaning the vehicle could be taken from you.
1 in 8 used vehicle checks turns out to show the vehicle to be classed as an insurance write off. Nearly 500,000 vehicles each year are classed as unsafe or uneconomical to repair meaning the car may not be safe to drive. It could also mean the vehicle is worth significantly less than a vehicle which has not been classed as written off.
By checking the VIN number which appears on the vehicle matches both the V5C registration document (log book) and the vehicle check report this will dramaticaly help reduce the risk of purchasing one of the thousands of cloned vehicles in the UK. Beware as some so called cheap car checks do not provide you with a full VIN check. Most only provide the last few digits. We provide a complete vehicle VIN check. We now also include a V5C registration document (logbook) check in our reports which will help ensure the document reference number matches DVLA records and provide you with the issue date to ensure it is correct. This will help you avoid purchasing a vehicle which is being sold using false documents. Did you know 400,000 blank documents were stolen in 2006?
Our car mileage check will help you avoid paying over the odds for a used vehicle which has had the mileage altered. Did you know it is not illegal to clock a vehicles mileage meaning it is more important then ever to check vehicle mileage before buying a vehicle. We check information available from various sources including both the DVLA, NAMA and BVRLA databases. Please note that although we have access to over 125 million mileage records (mileage data is not available for every vehicle this is beyond our control).
We offer the only UK vehicle check service which includes information from the VOSA vehicle recall database.
Latest update: Our service now includes VOSA recall information helping you to identify a vehicle that could have a serious mechanical issue requiring attention. Our new V5 logbook check which will confirm both the document reference number and the date of issue match those on the DVLA database. This will help you ensure that the vehicle registration document is genuine. No other vehicle check report in the UK includes this vital information needed before you buy a used car. Further more we will soon be adding vehicle TAX status and VOSA MOT data to our vehicle history reports. This will not only help you ensure the MOT certificates are genuine but also help identify any work the vehicle may soon require and make you aware of any mileage discrepancies.
*Outstanding finance check is included in "Ultimate" check only and is subject to Experian Autocheck terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Can I get a free car check online?
We do offer our customers a basic free car check which enables you to confirm the make, model and colour of the vehicle are correct free of charge along with a number of options to purchase further comprehensive information on the vehicles history from as little as £2.99. No other UK car registration check provides more important information for less. Not only that but we will also give you a totally free car check history report if your vehicle check shows the vehicle to be a CAT A or B write off. Please be aware of a cheap car registration check that does not include a FULL VIN check. Some providers only provide the last few didgits leaving you vulnerable to cloning. We believe we offer you the best value service available in the UK.
When will I receive my car check report?
It only takes a few seconds to receive your report. Your free car registration check will be displayed instantly on screen and paid registration checks will also be sent to you instantly by email. We will also send you a FREE car buyers receipt to use if you decide to purchase the vehicle. This will also help you ask the seller some of the important questions you may forget.
Is this a used car hpi check?
No. hpi check is a registered trademark of hpi Limited. hpi check has become the term commonly used to refer to a used vehicle check. hpi check were the first company in the UK to provide this type of service. They were established in 1938 to help prevent multiple loans being taken out on the same vehicle. Hpi stands for higher purchase investigation and hpi is now owned by Solera inc.
Do we guarantee our vehicle check results?
We only use data from official providers unlike other so called cheap car check providers and we do our very best to ensure that the vehicle data check we provide you with is correct however we do offer a vehicle data guarantee for extra peace of mind subject to our terms and conditions. We use much of the same data as other more expensive services and provide some data that other more expensive providers don't.
Can I buy a used vehicle check by phone?
In order to keep the cost of our vehicle registration check to an absolute minimum our used car check service is only available online. Your report is sent to you instantly via email in PDF format and also displayed on screen.
Do you offer a used car text check?
No. We do not currently offer a car text check. A car text check is not able to provide you with all of the information you require before purchasing a used vehicle due to the lack of characters available in a text message. Beware of a cheap car text check services that offers very limited data and will not give you the full peace of mind needed when making your purchase. We recommend you purchase a car check online in order to get the most information available.
WARNING: It has been brought to our attention that some cheap car check providers are not using official Police stolen vehicle data in their reports and are using data from other sources that may not be as up to date as those using the official Police stolen vehicle database. Please beware that if you purchase a report from one of these providers and the vehicle you purchase later turns out to be stolen you do not hold "good title" and the vehicle will be taken from you and given back to the rightful owner without any compensation to you.
Page last updated on the 03/07/2014