Getting car check for free before you buy
The best spent money when buying a second hand car has to be a car history check. Reports provide useful background information about a car, van or motorcycle, preferably accessed before you buy.
The UK vehicle check market is rather competitive with a wide variety of services to choose from. Here are some well known ones you might have used before
- Total car check
- AA car check
- RAC Passport
- My car check
- HPI check
Some of these services offer a free car check, others only provide a paid car report.
The essential car data checks
Before paying a holding deposit or buying a vehicle, you need to know if it has history of being a write off, stolen, outstanding finance or mileage problems.
Note, no free history checks give you this data. It is premium information and costs to buy.
Car history check service fees vary considerable. You can obtain some of the critical information for just a couple of pounds whist some of the services listed above change almost £20.00.
What is included in a free car check?
You will get vehicle details, mot and road tax data, SORN status, import status. Really, a free check allows you to confirm basic information before you buy a premium service. This data is sourced via the DVLA check api.
Ensure the car you are buying is genuine and does not have a hidden history.
A related service includes a car inspection service with providers like Clickmechanic and the AA breakdown.