Why do I need a used car check report?
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 buy.
1 in 3 used car checks shows adverse history.
If you are one of the people who are unlucky enough to buy a used car which later turns out to be currently reported as stolen it is very likely the vehicle will be taken from you and be returned to the 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. Beware some car registration check providers do not use official Police 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 a 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, We do. 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.
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.
We offer the only UK vehicle check service which includes information from the VOSA vehicle recall database.
Latest update: Our used vehicle history check now includes VOSA recall data and a V5 logbook check which will confirm both the document reference number and the date of issue. 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 a vehicle TAX and MOT check in our vehicle history reports.
*Finance check is included in "Ultimate" check ONLY and is subject to Experian Autocheck terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Can I get a car check free online?
We do offer a free car check which enables you to confirm the make and model of the vehicle free of charge along with a number of options to purchase further detailed information on the vehicles history from as little as £2.99. No other UK car registration check provides more 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. We believe we offer the best car check for value for money.
When will I receive my car check report?
Your free car registration check will be displayed instantly on screen and paid 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.
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 a hpi car check. 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 the Solera inc.
Do we guarantee our vehicle check results?
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 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 instantly via email.
Do you offer a used car text check?
No. We currently do not 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 car text check 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.
Page last updated on the 4th February 2014