Car Data Check Facts

1 in 4 cars still have outstanding finance
1 in 6 cars checked are classed as insurance 'write offs'
1 in 12 cars checked show some mileage discrepancies
1 in every 3 cars checked has some form of hidden history
1 in 5 cars checked reveal a plate change the fastest free online car checker


"It was really easy and convenient to check out the cars history before I paid for it, it gave me the peace of mind"
Mr John Wilkinson

"I've been stung in the past with dodgy cars, but with how easy this check is, it's just not worth taking the risk not checking!"
Mr Brendan Peterson

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The Genuine HPI Check

The UK's primary independent provider of vehicle information for the UK motor industry and motoring consumer with over 65 years industry experience.

Checks stolen, insurance write off, outstanding finance, valuation and mileage where possible plus all the usual DVLA checks. With more than 80 valuable data points it comes with up to £30k Data cover.

Only £19.99

HPI Are suppliers of car data check data to the AA.

RAC Car Passport

RAC Car Passport - the UK's most comprehensive car data check.

A complete history check of the car including 10 alerts covering outstanding finance, if it's been stolen, written off or scrapped and any mileage discrepancies. Common breakdown reasons by make & model and MOT failures by make & model. An independent What Car? Review. Vehicle valuation provided by Glass's. Average running costs by make & model. Car inspection and buying checklists. A Guarantee of up to £30,000 to cover your car history check data

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A new service from RAC the motoring experts. Car sellers pack also available here


mycarcheck have sold over one million private vehicle checks during the last 12 months! The fastest growing vehicle data check in the UK.

Checks stolen, insurance write off plus all the usual DVLA checks. It comes with £5k-£20k Data cover. Up to 77 pieces of information. Further pricing options are available from £1.99 - £14.95 for varying levels of detail

From £1.99

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For only a few pounds we will check for...

  • Clocking
  • Theft
  • Insurance write-off damage
  • Police interest
  • Any outstanding finance
  • Registration and keepers
  • Any colour changes
  • Imported/Exported or scrapped
  • And much more info besides...

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Are Private car buyers getting more than they bargained for?
Any one who thinks that they are getting a bargain should ask questions about the car's authenticity. Why are you getting it so cheap? Does it have a history that you should be investigating? The industry is reporting a dramatic increase in the number of people selling their cars without repaying the loans on them. Will you be left out of pocket because the car still has unpaid finance on it? Or worse still, could it be a car that is actually a write-off and deemed unroadworthy by insurers but sold on fraudulently to you?

The advice from the Home Office is...
" should check to make sure that the vehicle you are thinking of buying has not been stolen, seriously damaged or is still subject to finance"

Car Data Check History
A few years ago car background checks were originally only available to the trade but in recent years they have been made available to the public, with most people now having access to the internet the consumer has a choice of vehicle history check services so there's no excuse. In the U.S. it has long since been the case to check the history and vehicle's title deeds before parting with any cash, buyers that didn't then stood a good chance of buying a 'lemon'.

Note: Please see each respective website for full terms and conditions

for the sake of a few pounds don't run the risk of losing your money, your sleep or even your life if you buy a deathtrap. _

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