How to use the history check service

To use the history check service, simply text a valid mainland Great Britain (excluding Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Northern Ireland) vehicle registration number to 83600. For example:

HA70XSC

Within a few seconds you will receive one or more text messages detailing vehicle data associated with the registration number.

What information will you receive?

Volkswagen Golf R32
VIN***6381 3.2 Sep 07
2 owners
No colour changes
Not stolen
Not scrapped
Help 0330 331 0030

HA70XSC is damage
category D. Loss date 05-02-2011.
Repair costs do not
exceed pre-accident value

Help 0330 331 0030

For a £3.00 mileage
check text checkm HA70XSC to 83600.
To activate your free £5,000
guarantee visit https://www.mycarcheck.com/text/.
Help 0330 331 0030

The third message may also contain an advertisement that mycarcheck considers relevant to the vehicle being checked. Please note that we respect your privacy and your contact details will not be passed to any third party advertiser unless you request further information.

How much does the service cost?

The cost of the service is £3 plus the usual network rate. Once the text containing the vehicle information is received on your mobile phone your account is automatically billed for the appropriate amount in multiples of £1.50. Note that service is NOT a subscription service and can only be invoked by you sending a text message to 83600.

What abbreviations are used?

The text message contains 160 characters and to include all the relevant information there may be some abbreviations. For example:

  • Volkswagen abbreviated to 'VW'
  • Engine size of 2738cc abbreviated to '2.8'
  • Registration date of 29-JUL-2004 abbreviated 'JUL04'

How do you receive additional information?

If you would like more vehicle information or a written report please contact us.

What happens if the message contains mistakes?

If you do not type in the keyword correctly before the registration number you may still be charged but may not receive a reply. If you make a mistake with the registration number you may still be charged if the registration number is valid.

What happens if no vehicle is found for the registration number?

If the registration number is valid but no vehicle is found with that registration you will receive a text message explaining that fact but will not be charged. You will receive a message similar to the following:

WE HAVE NO RECORD OF HA70XSC
IN DATA SUPPLIED BY THE DVLA AND POLICE.
HELP 0330 331 0030

What happens if the vehicle is of interest to the police?

If the vehicle is of interest to the Police you will receive a text message asking you to get in contact with the relevant Police Constabulary. To aid the Police, the mobile number requesting details on a STOLEN vehicle may be used by mycarcheck to do a location lookup on the mobile phone at the time of request to find out which area the request is being made from. An example message is shown below.

VEHICLE HA70XSC REPORTED STOLEN ON 13-Apr-04
CONTACT STRATHCLYDE POLICE ON 01415322000 ASAP
HELP 0330 331 0030

How do I receive mileage or valuation information?

For additional checks you may be asked to add a key word before the registration number. For example, to perform a mileage check text CHECKM followed by a space and the registration number:

CHECKM HA70XSC

What if you have other queries?

If you would like more vehicle information or a written report please contact us.