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MyCarCheck.com - the UK's No.1 vehicle provenance website - has saved millions of people from making an expensive used car mistake. In mid-November its hugely successful MyCarCheck iPhone app passed the cherished 1m UK downloads mark.
Roger Powell, Divisional Head at CDL Vehicle Information Services Ltd (which owns MyCarCheck.com), commented: "The MyCarCheck app was released in November 2009 and has been a massive hit. It was the most downloaded app in the UK for a while and it continues to be extremely popular with used car buyers.
"It is free to download and a lot of valuable information is provided free-of-charge. Users simply enter a vehicle registration number (VRN) and MyCarCheck will confirm the make, model, colour, engine size, bhp, body style, fuel type and the year it was first registered.
"For less than the price of a pint you can access the really good stuff - our Valuation, History, Mileage and detailed Vehicle Info data - to find out everything you could wish to know about your potential new car, van or motorbike.
"A MyCarCheck Valuation costs only £1.49, which is not much to confirm if you are in the right ball park, while our Vehicle History and Mileage checks cost just £2.99 each. The History check will confirm if the vehicle has ever been stolen, written-off, scrapped, exported or had a plate or colour change, not to mention the number of former keepers and the date of the last change of keeper. Meanwhile, our ever-popular Mileage check is a great way to identify any milometer discrepancies that could signal a 'clocked' motor.
"Last but not least, the free Vehicle Info check costs just 69p and will return up to 60 fields of data (20 minimum) including performance, economy, engine and gearbox specification, plus width, height and length dimensions - handy for making sure your potential new car will fit in the garage.
In 2010, MyCarCheck.com and MyTextCheck delivered 2.2m consumer checks, which equates to 27% of all vehicles that changed hands in the UK. Parent company CDL performs over 12m vehicle data checks a day for companies including AutoExpress, Swiftcover, Go-Compare, CompareTheMarket, Tesco Compare and WhatCar.
It uses up-to-the-minute information from the Police National Computer (PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB.
Know what you're getting into: MyCarCheck.com
[UPDATE 20/03/12: Since this article was published the Vehicle Info check has been made available for free as part of the basic vehicle search]