Car History Checks
There are risks in buying a used car. Every year, thousands of people buy second-hand motor vehicles that have had their car history altered. Mileage has been reduced, serious accident damage being hidden or are not legally the seller’s property are some of the common problems.
These pages tell you about some of the information that you can get from agencies that can investigate the vehicle’s background and carry out a car history check for you before you buy it.
What could a vehicle check reveal?
|Is it worth what they are asking?|
|Have the number plates been changed?|
|Has the vehicle’s mileage been changed?|
|Is this car a write-off?|
|Is there is outstanding finance on the vehicle?|
|Whether the vehicle has been stolen.|
Agencies that offer these services
Auto Check, provided by Experian Ltd,
Talbot House, Talbot Street
Nottingham NG80 5HF
Phone: 0800 013 1696
Dolphin House, New Street
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2PH
Phone: 01722 422422
Strata House, Kings Reach Road
Stockport, SK4 2HD
Phone: 0161 480 4420
You can also contact the DVLA on 0870 241 1878.
Please note that not all agencies offer all services and you should always make sure that the check you buy meets your needs. You might be charged for some other services as well as the basic check.