Free car or motorcycle check
Check if your bike or car has any hidden history with a FREE car history check
Readers of Faster and Faster tend to change up their vehicle’s every 18-months or 20,000 miles. This is by no means the national average but useful information when adding new content.
When it comes to buying, we all want to make a sound, reliable investment.
There’s some decent resources available that you can use to check out vehicle history before buying. The most obvious is DVLA who provide a range of facts about any car, van or motorcycle held in their databases (i.e. it’s registered here in the UK).
Use this link to check DVLA for free car check information – you start off with a registration number.
They provide detailed MOT history for qualifying vehicles of 3-years of age or more. Check out their MOT audit page here.
Free checks to carry out on a car or motorbike
- Is there a V5C logbook in the sellers name?
- Is there a valid MOT?
Are there advisory notes that may become failures on the next test?
- Is it insured? Check asmMID and enter the vehicle reg
- Is it up for sale for a cheap price? (this can be a red flag)
If you are about to buy
Our best advise is to act with caution. If any of these free car checks cause a problem, maybe it’s best to not take risks.
Free car checks to paid services
The info DVLA offers is helpful but not conclusive to the safety or roadworthiness of a car or bike.
What else must I look out for before I buy?
- Outstanding finance – that’s a loan held against the vehicle. Hire Purchase is one example of a finance agreement that ultimately means the vehicle belongs to the lend company and not the registered keeper.
Finance should be settled before you buy
- Theft – pretty obviously, a check sees if the vehicle has been stolen
- Write-off – a bit more complicated by write-off is all about previous accident damage and repairs. There are categories such as a, b, c, d, s and n. Cat A is the most serious accident damage and Cat N is the least
- Mileages and clocking – this looks at instances where miles have been reduced usually with the intention of increasing resale value
As we have already noted, these four checks aren’t freely available on DVLA sources. You need to pay for them.
Vehicle check providers
Most of us have heard of HPI Check. These guys are the oldest provider in the UK. They are the most expensive too at £20 for a full check.
Rac passport – another trusted name with checks coming out at £15
Automobile Association (the AA) – don’t be fooled, they white label hpi checks! Bit less than HPI though at £15
CarVeto – These guys boast leading customer service with a free car check to start and are priced at £12.50 for a platinum check
Autotrader – we burbled on Autotrader vehicle check, last year.
Cazana – Bit less reputable maybe. Priced at £15.
Notes on car history check providers
- They all get data from much of the same places like the Police for theft, MIAFTR for accident damage, Experian for finance and DVLA car check data for basic information like make, model, mot and tax, export etc.
- The provider you choose is less important than making sure that you do buy your own car history check.
- Avoid relying on a check held by the current keeper
That’s it folks. If you have a question or comment, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org