According to a 2019 report by iNews, a car is stolen every five minutes in the UK. Are you wondering why these occurrences are so surprisingly high? BBC says, new vehicles can be broken into in mere 10 seconds. Keeping in view these statistics, your chances of buying a stolen vehicle are very high. To avoid purchasing a ringer, you just need to run a Police stolen car check.
When you perform a Police car check with us, we search the stolen cars UK database held by Police National Computer to identify if the vehicle was ever stolen. If it was, we present you the date of theft and police contact information (if available).
Our police history checks are 100% accurate because we source data only from the Police National Computer,so there is no discrepancy. Moreover, they are super easy to execute; just give us your vehicle’s registration number, and we will reveal its stolen history straightaway.
Remember, our car theft check is part of our premium service, and there is no such thing as a free stolen check. It will just cost you £8.95 and save you from losing thousands of pounds in returning the stolen vehicle. Besides knowing a vehicle’s stolen history, you will also see if it is written-off, scrapped, high risk, clocked, or financed.
How to tell if a car is stolen?
Unlike a damaged car, which you can spot from far, a stolen car is not something you can identify by looking at it. It could be new, clean, and running perfectly. In other words, there are no telltale signs of pinched vehicles. The only way you could know about a ringer is police stolen check.
You may contact the Police directly to ask them: is my car stolen, or is this vehicle stolen? Or you can benefit from our Police car check for an instant report. Just tell us your car’s registration number, and we will reveal its stolen history.
Risk of buying a stolen car
The risks of purchasing a stolen vehicle are immense. Either you have bought such a car willingly or unwillingly, you are bound to lose it and the money you have paid for it. Check if a car was stolen when buying vehicle UK. The stolen vehicles have a marker placed on them by Police. Once the car is out on the road, the ANPR cameras will quickly identify it. The Police will pull you over and impound the vehicle while you have to face the law.
There is very little chance you could get the money back. Even if your insurer provides coverage on the purchase of stolen vehicles, the chances of getting all the money are minimal. Your insurance firm will first investigate the matter to rule out all odds of scam. It could take at least a month or more since the adjuster takes time to scrutinize from all angles.
What should you do if car is stolen?
If worse comes to worst and you forgot to run the police stolen car check and bought a stolen car, do not fear. The first thing you need to do is inform the Police and your insurance firm. You may also go for tax reimbursement later on. Here are the steps to follow:
1. Call your local police station
Initiate a police car check by calling 101 and request to direct the call to your local police. The officer will register your complaint after you confirm your vehicle’s registration number, make, model, and colour. You will receive a crime reference number, which you require when you inform your insurer, and once you demand a tax refund. The police will notify the DVLA about the vehicle stealing.
2. Call your insurer
Talk to your insurer and ask them how to apply for the insurance claim.
3. Tell the DVLA
While it is hard to receive compensation for stolen vehicles from the insurer, if you get lucky and get reimbursement for it, you need to notify the DVLA that your car is sold to the insurer. In case your vehicle was using a personalised number plate that you like to retain, you have to get it back before informing the DVLA that you do not possess the vehicle now.
You can inform the DVLA online or fill the yellow ‘sell, transfer, or part-exchange your vehicle to the motor trade’ section in your V5C document (logbook). Send the perforated piece to the DVLA with a letter mentioning your deal with the insurer. The remaining part of the V5C should be sent to the insurance firm. In case your insurer requires the whole logbook, you have to send a letter to the DVLA comprising the info of your insurer, your vehicle registration number, its make, model, colour, and your signature. Forward your message to DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BD.
How to know if your car is marked by the police?
First off, you should know that the UK Police mark a vehicle for various reasons. Depending on the reason, there are different types of “police markers.” For instance, “Section 59 markers” are put on vehicles engaged in anti-social behaviour like illegal off-road driving, continual breaking traffic laws, etc. Similarly, the Police assign a stolen vehicle marker to pinched cars. Whenever a theft-status vehicle is found on the road, the cameras quickly flag them on the screens. If you happen to buy such a car unknowingly and take it on any UK road, you will be pulled over very soon.
Unfortunately, you cannot find if a car has a police-marker on it unless you run a police car check. All Police-marked vehicles are entered in Police National Database (PND), and we fetch data directly from it when you buy our police marker check service.
What Information is Included in a Stolen Car Check?
A stolen car check is part of our full vehicle history check, revealing tons of hidden data regarding the automobile. A stolen vehicle test alone tells you whether the automobile is stolen or not, along with the date of theft and Police’s contact details. To find out what else you could know with our police car check, see our sample report.
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