Our Vehicle Data Check
Make sure you know exactly what you are buying!
If you’re thinking of buying a used vehicle, then you should always check its history first. The last thing you want is to find out the car you have purchased has outstanding finance on it.
Our vehicle data check will search multiple databases to ascertain whether a vehicle is recorded as a previous total loss (write off), whether it is recorded as stolen by the police, if it has outstanding finance owing or unsettled and whether the vehicle has been registered in any road traffic accident claims (not necessarily an insurance write off).
Other tips when buying a used car:
- Inspect the car thoroughly – or have an expert check it for you.
- Check all the documentation history – MOT, Service history…
- Has the car been in a previous accident?
- Test drive the car
- Make sure the cars key features work
- Ensure the cars VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) in the logbook matches the one stamped in the car
Often, a basic check isn’t enough and a full pre-purchase inspection will give you much better peace of mind.
Why Buy a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection Report?
2 million vehicles disappear each year yet only 1.2 million Certificates of Destruction are issued by DVLA. This means that there are some 800k vehicles a year which may or may not be on the UK’s roads. Not all total-loss vehicles are recorded on registers such as HPI & accident damaged repaired vehicles do not get registered even if the accident was severe.
Only a car inspection to fully examine the vehicle by a qualified engineer will reveal whether a car has a hidden history, previous accident damage, leaks, wear leading to expensive future replacement items, or potential upcoming problems.
The cost of repairs, rectification or replacement of worn parts on an average car easily outweighs the cost of an inspection, so it makes sound financial sense to have a potential new car inspected by a qualified engineer.