So, you have decided to buy a USED car instead of a NEW during these harsh economic conditions! We say it is a wise decision, but only if you take steps in the right direction. The very first step is deciding where you want to buy the vehicle in the UK, followed by a used car check and inspection.
The V5C vehicle registration certificate, also known as logbook or V5 form, is a document released by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to the registered keeper of a car. It contains the proof of ownership and the particular information of a vehicle, such as the date of first registration, the previous registered keeper, and the car model, tax class, engine size, VIN/Chassis/Frame number, and the colour. V5C logbook is used to notify the DVLA about the change of ownership, an alteration of name and address, or after the car customization, scrapped, or written-off.
While searching for your next ride in the UK, would you like to buy a car that was involved in an accident? Most people do not and right so. After all, the insurance company has written it off for a reason. But let’s delve deep and find out what happens after a car gets badly damaged in an accident. The insurance company examines the condition of the vehicle and assigns it a category. We call it insurance write off, and it pays to check car category it lies in.
While it is possible to find the car owner by registration number, the process is not easy. The reason is the law; the UK government needs to protect the privacy of individuals. However, you can locate the registered owner of a car if you have a valid reason, such as:
While buying a used car, one of the most vital things is its service history check. A car service history tells you whether the car has been well-maintained or not. A car with Full Dealer Service History (FSDH) or Full-Service History (FSH) is the best option because it gives you peace of mind the seller has records of any services, maintenance, and repairs. On the other hand, you can never trust a vehicle with Part Service History (PSH) as you never know what the car has gone through over the years.
1. Will I be able to view the previous owner’s details?
Following the DVLA rules, we can not disclose the personal information of previous owners(like name, address etc;) for privacy reasons. No other service shares this information, as well. However, we will give you the total number of keepers in our used car check report.
Get a copy of the V5C from the seller/owner. The car’s registration document, aka V5C logbook, is the most crucial document.
If you have a vehicle that you do not want to drive anymore, you can save the road tax and insurance premium by declaring it SORN. In case you like to know if a car has a SORN, perform a DVLA SORN Check. You need to query the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) database for a SORN Check.
When you are at a dealership or a private car seller’s place to inspect the car you liked, one of the most important things to check is its odometer reading. We should not take this matter lightly. Unfortunately, even after the advent of digital mileage counters, Car Clocking is still on the rise.
We are sure you have heard the adage “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” so forget about a free HPI check. HPI Ltd charges you to get the vehicle history report as any other car check provider in the UK. That said, CarAnalytics, as well as a few other vehicle history providers, offer free car checks. How? Because we get that for free. However, the data for which we have to pay to third parties, we have to charge for that.