Vehicle History Check
Get the chassis number I.D or vehicle registration number from the seller and have a vehicle history check carried out. This check among other things will show you any previous accidents, if any loans are outstanding or if its been stolen. NEVER skip this check, its a critical point which should be carried out, irrespective of who you are buying from.
Often when we are looking for a used car we often find ourselves in a race to buy. Before you pull out any cash for that nice shiny car make sure you have a history check carried out first. Here are a few nasty things that can emerge from a history check;
1. Is it reported as stolen?
Cars taken without the owner’s consent are listed on the Police National Computer. A history will find out if the car has been listed as stolen – and potentially save you thousands.
2. Is it subject to outstanding finance?
If you have ‘bought’ and paid for a car which had still finance owed against it – you don’t actually own it – the finance company are the legal owners. If you find yourself in this position, you may be able to negotiate an agreement with the finance company. But why give yourself this trouble – get it checked before you part with any money.
3. Has it been written off?
When the car is subject to an insurance claim, the Licencing Agency will record this. Carrying out a history check will inform you if the vehicle has had a ‘recorded’ accident and which category it has been placed in by the insurance company.
4. Is it recorded as having been scrapped?
Sometimes criminals will attempt to return a vehicle to the mainstream that has been brought to a scrap yard. A history check will detail this.
5. Has the mileage been altered?
A very common occurrence in the Used Car Market is lowering the Milage reading or ‘clocking’. If the milage has been recorded and subsequently altered then this should show up when the vehicle check is carried out.
7. What is the car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?
The vehicles VIN number sometimes called the chassis number will match that of the Registration Document. You can find this on a plate fixed to the car. It can be located under the hood(arrowed red above), or at the bottom of the front windscreen.
8. How many owners has the car had?
A car that has had one or two owners normally is in better condition than cars that have had many owners. So it will have an important bearing on the value of the car. The history check will tell you how many owners the vehicle has had.