Online Car Data Check Service
A guide to a new online car data checking service allowing prospective owners to check the history on a vehicle and whether it has been stolen or written off
The Vehicle Inspection Company Ltd operates the cheapest comprehensive online vehicle history checking service at www.mycarcheck.com, which has been in operation since September 2005 providing drivers with vehicle verification data from government sources.
Before you buy a vehicle there are history details about it that you ought to be checked. These range from, whether the car has been stolen, to ensuring the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) matches the registration and whether it has ever been badly damaged or worse, written off, in an accident.
The availability of such data was part of the government’s proposals to reduce car crime and as a result it provided information from the sources at the DVLA and from police databases.
At mycarcheck.com you simply enter the vehicle registration number and
details, from these records are collated a report which provides a Vehicle
History check, providing confirmation of the make and model of the car,
its colour and the size of the engine. It will confirm the number of keepers
since first registration with details of the last registered keeper and
if the registration number has changed during its lifetime. Included in
this section is confirmation of import into the UK if applicable, so you
can tell if the car was originally registered abroad.
If the car appears on the police register of stolen vehicles this will be confirmed, and remember if you pass over money for a stolen vehicle it may be returned to the rightful owner and you have no right your money back. The VIN associated with the registration number will be confirmed and you can check that the chassis is the same as the one originally recorded. Insurance companies have to report vehicles where they have been involved in accidents and sustained serious damage or have been uneconomic to repair and written-off, this information is included in the data report if applicable. The information is also sent in a Certificate of Verification by email.
If you don’t take the simple precaution of checking you are buying a car from the person legally able to sell it to you and that it is the genuine ‘one previous lady owner’ car that the seller ensures that is, you have only yourself to blame when you find out it was previously a write-off that was originally imported from South Africa and was reported as stolen six weeks ago! You have been warned.
Get a Car Data Check from www.mycarcheck.com