An explanation of the information provided in the report is included below. The report is fictional, you can see it in full on the example report. If you have any further questions about the information supplied please contact us.
Information marked with * may not be included on all our checks or may not be available for all vehicles, please see the notes under the marked information.
The Make and Model of the vehicle as recorded by the DVLA. We do not store information about the specifics of the vehicle, such as whether it has any optional extras.
The VIN is displayed on the dashboard of some cars. We cannot display the full VIN until you enter a VIN retrieved from the vehicle itself as VINs may be used to clone a vehicle. However, if you have the VIN you may use our VIN check to compare it to our records.
The size of the engine and its number. The number may be used to identify a specific engine and therefore whether the engine in the vehicle has been changed.
The date the vehicle was registered with the DVLA and the year when the vehicle was manufactured according to DVLA records.
The number of registered keepers prior to the current keeper. If the vehicle has had a former keeper, the date of the last recorded change of keeper will be included.
The type of vehicle.
The current colour recorded for the vehicle.
A vehicle that is 'At Risk' is one where a third party has notified us that they have an interest in the vehicle, and that the vehicle may be at high risk of being part of a fraudulent sale or being stolen.
A common example is a rental vehicle, where the rental company still owns the vehicle but it is in the possession of another party, who may try to fraudulently sell it.
If a vehicle is notified as being 'At Risk' we strongly suggest that you do not proceed with any purchase until you are fully satisfied that the third party's interest has been removed and there are no remaining issues with the vehicle.
Whether there is a record of the colour of the vehicle being changed. This may be indicative of a respray, possibly due to accident damage, or may simply be a mistake in the recording of the original colour that has subsequently been fixed.
Whether the vehicle has been involved in a change of registration plates. In the majority of cases this will be due to private plates being used on the vehicle. The transfer history is only available on our Gold and Platinum Checks.
A scrapped vehicle has been taken off the road and destroyed. This information indicates whether the DVLA has been notified that the vehicle in question has been scrapped. The details of a scrapped vehicle can be used to clone another vehicle and give it a new identity.
Whether the vehicle was exported. Some other information given by the check will only include events that occurred when the vehicle was in the UK and so an exported vehicle may have an unknown history.
Whether the vehicle is registered on the PNC (Police National Computer) or insurance records as being stolen. If you purchase a stolen vehicle you will not own it and will lose the money you paid for it. If a stolen vehicle is later recovered it will be removed from the PNC stolen register and will not be displayed as stolen on our check.
We will inform you if the vehicle has been written off (see below) and stolen and recovered at the same time.
When a vehicle is damaged in an accident and the insurer decides that the vehicle is not to be repaired the vehicle is classed as a write-off. The date given may not be the date that the damaged occurred on. The category of write-off determines how serious the damage was to the vehicle; the categories are listed in the next section.
Whether the vehicle has undergone a Vehicle Identification Check (VIC) performed by a Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) certified inspector. All vehicles written off in categories A, B or C must be passed by a VIC prior to being returned to the road. For more information please visit Gov.UK.
Note that the VIC does not reveal the condition of the vehicle, but instead confirms its identity to prevent stolen vehicles being disguised with the identity of a written off vehicle.
|A -||Scrap only (i.e. with few or no economically salvageable parts and which is of value only for scrap metal).|
|B -||Break for spare parts if economically viable (excluding any residual scrap value).|
|C -||Repairable total loss vehicles where repair costs including VAT exceed the vehicle's pre-accident value.|
|D -||Repairable total loss vehicle where repair costs including VAT do not exceed the vehicle's pre-accident value.|
Mileage records are provided by the DVLA and other sources. Our Classic check does not include mileage records but an option will be presented if we have records for the specific vehicle being checked. Mileages will be provided with our Gold and Platinum checks.
Where available, valuation data is based on input from various sources. It applies to undamaged vehicles, as any dents or scratches are likely to devalue the car.