FREE CAR CHECK

    Our free vehicle check contains over 25+ data points vehicles registered in the UK and Northern Ireland.

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    Check car history for free, which will give you the most comprehensive free car history report on the market: complete DVLA vehicle registration information and MOT, tax expiry dates, and detailed vehicle information.

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    Free Basic Report

    Enter the registration number of any vehicle, car, motorbikes, or lorries and click the “Check” button. You’ll get comprehensive and free vehicle information.

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    The report shown is data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), holding more than 49 million driver records and more than 40 million vehicle records.


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    What is included in a car check?

    A vehicle check will give you a sneak peek into a vehicle's history as recorded by the DVLA. You'll find useful charts and MOT history information such as -

    1. Vehicle details - Make, model, year of registration.
    2. ULEZ Checker (Ultra Low Emission Zone) in London
    3. Vehicle road tax - including CO2 output, road tax costs/rates, and expiry date.
    4. MOT history, including advisory notes and causes of failure and current expiry date.
    5. The first registration date in the UK for imported vehicles will be the date of the import rather than the age of the vehicle.
    6. Engine CC size
    7. Fuel type (diesel/petrol/electric/hybrid)
    8. Vehicle type approval category
    9. Vehicle Weight
    10. Manufacturer year, excluding imported vans, cars, and motorcycles
    11. Issue date of the V5C registration document; DVLA provides the date of the latest V5C
    12. CO2 Driving emissions levels based on European status.

    What you need to drive legally in the United Kingdom

    What you need to drive legally in the United Kingdom

    To ensure you can drive your vehicle in the UK, you must meet the following

    A valid driving license

    A Great Britain (GB) issued a full or provisional (for learners only) driving license. Please check GOV.UK's non-GB licence checker to see if you can drive in GB with your non-GB Driving License.

    Have current Vehicle Tax

    To tax your vehicle, you must have either a new logbook or a V11 reminder to tax your vehicle. Check Tax Your Vehicle for more information. Tax is NOT transferable when you change the owners of a vehicle. Any outstanding refunds will be processed automatically by DVLA.

    Have a valid MOT

    Use our free basic checker to see the MOT status of a car. Any accredited garage will run an MOT test on a vehicle, which tests that you meet the road safety and environmental safety standards. This is done every year after the 3rd anniversary of the vehicle registration.

    Have at least 3rd party motor insurance.

    Every vehicle must be driven by someone who has valid insurance of at least 3rd party; this has been a legal requirement since the Road Traffic Act 1930. Motor insurance provides financial protection if you have an accident, and it can also cover injuries to other drivers, pedestrians, and passengers in your car. You can check if your vehicle has valid insurance by going to the askMID Website.


    What is included in a full vehicle history check? What is included in a full car check?

    A vehicle may have a hidden past which you will never uncover until you have performed a full car history check. Our reports go further to help you make a decision when buying a used car, including

    1. Any Outstanding Finance

      Details include the finance company as well as the term details.

    2. Insurance Write Off

      This will give you the loss type and date of the accident.

    3. Salvage Check

      If the vehicle was seen at a salvage auction, details such as damage, description, and pictures are included.

    4. Stolen Check

      A police marker to show if the vehicle is currently stolen OR if the vehicle was stolen and recovered. It is illegal to drive a stolen car, so be wary of this marker.

    Other useful vehicle information includes MOT history, VIN check, plate changes, logbook, previous keeper count, Import / Export, mileage report, and helpful vehicle performance and emission details.

    When are my tax and MOT due? When are my tax and MOT due?

    Enter your vehicle registration on our free check page to check the tax and MOT expiry date of a vehicle. You'll find the expiry dates as well as how many days are left! We've even included how much tax will be over 12 or 6 months.

    You'll be able to book your MOT and service via our partner sites.

    Is check car details completely free to use? Is car check completely free to use?

    Our car check is entirely free for all vehicles registered in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. All you need is a vehicle registration number to make a free vehicle inquiry.

    How to check if a car is insured? How to check if car is insured?

    You can check if your vehicle has valid insurance by using the Check car insurance Website.

    Why is the car check important? Why is the car check important?

    A car check is essential when buying a used car. DVLA can find some car history, but this will only give you MOT history and tax information and basic vehicle information such as colour, make and model.

    Thousands of customers use our car check to see if there is outstanding finance on a vehicle, stolen car, insurance write off and salvage/auction history details.

    Did you know 74,769 vehicles were stolen in 2020 alone? A stolen recovered or a police marker on a vehicle will only appear on a car check.

    • 1 in 3 cars had issues at their last MOT
    • 1 in 10 cars have salvage/auction history
    • 1 in 63 cars have mileage discrepancies
    • 1 in 8 cars have been written off in the past


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