Updated 16-08-2021 - Nicki Saunders

Car history check

Whether it is your first car ever, or if you are looking for an upgrade, it can be an exciting process purchasing a new vehicle. Whether you have a favourite type of car, a specific colour you’ve always wanted, or because you’ve just passed your licence and you can taste sweet, sweet freedom, it is always important to reign it in, and do your due diligence first! It is so important to do a thorough history check on your car. You can easily be fooled by a nice exterior, giving the tyres a kick to make sure they have no punctures, or even a clean bonnet. However, the history of the car can tell a different story. 

Depending on the extent of the damage, the body work can be easily repaired, and it’s a classic case of judging a book by it’s cover. The MOT may have failed for various reasons, and a quick fix of some new tyres may be covering the damage sustained to other parts of the vehicle, due to how it has been running. The VIN number may not match the vehicle, which could indicate that the car you are considering making your own, has actually been stolen. It may have even been painted a completely different color, without the DVLA being informed, which is going to cause you issues in the long run. A car history check will give you all of this vital information in one place, and can save you a lot of headaches. 

By doing a simple car history check, you are potentially saving yourself an incredible amount of money, and protecting yourself and your loved ones by keeping them safe. So as exciting as it may be, do yourself a favour and take the time to do a proper background check before investing your hard earned money. All you need is the vehicle registration number, it’s that easy!

What information does a car history check provide?

  • Whether or not the car has ever been written off, and what category it will fall under. This can greatly impact the value of the vehicle. 
  • If the car is currently stolen, or if it ever has been stolen. 
  • An understanding of how many owners the car has had, which will indicate reliability and general wear and tear. 
  • Ensure that the car has not had clocked mileage, or a cloned engine by providing the VIN number that should be attached to the vehicle
  • Current Tax and MOT information. 
  • Correct year and colour of the vehicle.