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Car History Check's Explained

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While a physical vehicle inspection will check that the car is roadworthy by checking its core systems such as brakes, steering and suspension, a car inspection cannot tell you too much about a vehicle’s history.

When spending so much money on a new car, bike or van it is important that you know exactly what you’re paying for – that is why you need to get a vehicle history check on your potential new motor.

What is a vehicle history check? – How do I check a car’s history?

More than 2,000 cars checked by HPI Check every day are uncovered as insurance write-offs, with 1 in 3 cars checked having a hidden history.

A vehicle history check allows you to delve deep into a vehicle’s past, taking information from sources such as the DVLA, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and Police National Computer (PNC) for recorded stolen vehicles.

A vehicle enquiry will allow you to check the MOT history of a vehicle and whether it has previously been, or still is, on finance.

You’ll also gain access to over 80 other pieces of information, including:

  • Whether the vehicle has been stolen
  • How many previous owners it has had
  • Proof of how many miles it has driven
  • A rough valuation of the vehicle
  • Whether the vehicle is an insurance write-off
  • Whether the vehicle has been scrapped
  • Proof of previous number plate changes
  • The vehicle’s MOT history
  • Whether there is any outstanding finance on the vehicle
  • A complete logbook check
  • Whether it has been imported or exported

Bob’s Tip

Getting a vehicle history check with HPI Check is the quickest and simplest way to check the history of a vehicle. Visit HPI Check today to get your detailed vehicle check.

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Do I need a vehicle history check? - What to look for when buying a used car

If you are buying a used vehicle, then you should get a vehicle history check – it’s as simple as that!

Buying a used car comes with several risks, many of which can be eradicated with a simple vehicle check. These risks include:

  • Stolen vehicles – Unfortunately, there are people out there who sell stolen vehicles in the hope that buyers like you and I will not check their history. If you happen to buy a stolen vehicle, you won’t only have it taken away but you’ll also lose all of the money you departed with to buy it.
  • Vehicles still on finance – Either done intentionally or through simply not realising, some sellers will try to pass on their financed vehicles without having paid the full amount. This means that the dealer from which they bought the car is still the legal owner.
  • Vehicles that have been written off – It is not illegal to sell vehicles that have previously been written off as some will have only sustained cosmetic damage. But some sellers will fail to declare this to you and, without a full vehicle check, you’ll have no way of knowing. You could end up paying over the odds for a vehicle which might experience problems going forward.

Read more: What car is most likely to be stolen?

5 scary stats – Why you need a vehicle history check

If you’re not convinced that it is worth getting a cheap vehicle history check on the car that you’re looking to buy, here are 5 worrying statistics that might just change your mind:

  • 1 in 3 vehicles checked by HPI Check are hiding details about insurance, mileage and more.
  • There are 200,000 stolen vehicle logbooks (VC5) in circulation across the UK.
  • More than 2,000 cars checked daily are uncovered as insurance write-offs.
  • More than 75 cars per day are identified as stolen.
  • 1 in 3 vehicles checked are still attached to an active finance or loan agreement

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Get a car history check today

If you’re buying a used vehicle, we recommend that you get a full car history report in the form of an HPI Check – even if you are 99% sure that the seller is being truthful, there might be issues that even they weren’t aware of.

Get a vehicle history check today to find out everything you could possibly need to know about your future motor!


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