van check
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When buying a used vehicle, the first thing that should be done is research. Knowing about the market value, the van itself and the seller will put you in an excellent position to make a deal. 

Shop around and research online to find out what type of van you are looking for: the make, size, engine size and any other details you are hoping for in your next vehicle.

To get complete peace of mind, run a van check to ensure the vehicle has no outstanding finance, written off or any hidden histories.

Things like van size, wheelbase, weight, transmission, door layout, suspension condition, mileage history, external and internal damage, rust, seatbelts, locks, heater, air conditioning, tires, etc., all need more careful inspection than cars if you want to acquire a commercial vehicle according to your daily work requirements.

Why get a van history check?

When looking at what second-hand vans are for sale, once you have chosen the model you are looking for, research the price they tend to be on sale for, taking into consideration the condition of each van to find out the average market value of the van you want to buy. 

This will give you a good indication of what you should be willing to pay. That way, you can prevent being overcharged and undercharged. Ask yourself why a vehicle is sold way below the market price. 

Get a van check to ensure the vehicle is not stolen and that its mileage is accurate. Because we see so many leased vans on the UK roads, the chances of mileage clocking are very high.

You may ask why owners alter the mileage on the odometer. The reason is van leasing firms impose fines on vehicles that accumulate too many miles. If these facts are insufficient for you to consider a van check, consider the following points from independent van checkers in Great Britain.

  • 1 in 4 vans has a hidden history from a write-off to a mileage anomaly.
  • 1 in 8 vans comes with outstanding finance 
  • More than 41 vans checked every day are stolen
  • 1 in 5 vans has a number plate change history
  • 1 in 11 vans has a mileage anomaly
  • 1 in 17 vans inspected daily is an insurance write-off 

While these stats may vary for different vans checkers, the point is obvious. Like cars, checkered vans have their dark history, and the only way to uncover the hidden issues is through a van reg check.

How much is the value of your van, with no charge?

Before buying or selling any van, you must know its worth. Although there are ways to determine the value of a van on your own, we strongly suggest you use a van valuation tool to know its price. Both free and paid valuation tools are available online, so the question is: 

Which one is the best?

Use a free valuation tool to shortlist a van for your commercial needs. However, if you have decided on a van, you better run a paid valuation check. We offer van valuation at a very cheap rate.

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Check the value of your van by registration number

When discussing a paid car valuation, you should consider using our van valuation tool, which costs just £1.99 and provides an eight-band assessment based on its mileage and market value. We offer you a price for dealer forecourt, trade retail, private clean, private average, part exchange, auction, trade average, and trade poor. 

You need to provide us with your van’s registration number, and we will tell you its worth along with the number of previous owners it had, its number plate change history, colour change history, scrapped status, VIN check, and so on.

How to check if a van is on finance?

As stated earlier, 1 in 8 vans that are inspected in the UK by vehicle data check companies has some kind of active finance or loan against a van. Therefore, it is crucial you run a Car Analytics van finance checker. It costs just £9.95 and comes with a wealth of information from the van’s MOT history, mileage, outstanding finance to written-off, and police-stolen status. Check our sample report to know what else you could learn about a vehicle with our van check.

When looking for a campervan, you can explore a wide range of options, including those available for sale on platforms like campstar, to find the perfect fit for your travel needs.

What accident damage will a van history check highlight?

Unfortunately, no van check can exclusively point out accident damage in the inspection report, not even an HPI van check. Our van history check clearly indicates if the vehicle was damaged in an accident and written off by its insurer. If you really like to find out the accident damage, you need to perform a vehicle service history check.

Remember that accidents are not reported to the insurance firm; you can only know about them once you conduct a physical inspection. We wrote a detailed article about vehicle accidents. You should read it to familiarise yourself with a car accident check.

What other van history check searches can car analytics do for free?

We perform a lot of tests in our free van history check. There is so much information in our report that you might doubt we have sent you our premium van check report by mistake. Do not worry; we make such mistakes daily! Here’s what you will get in our free van check:

  1. Van MOT status and MOT due date.
  2. Van’s tax status.
  3. The date van was first registered & its age.
  4. Van’s mileage at the time of the last MOT inspection.
  5. Van’s Make, Model, Fuel Type, Colour, No of doors, no of seats, no of gears and engine size.
  6. Van’s yearly running cost (depending on the fuel expense, tax, and MOT price).
  7. Van’s economic and environmental information (it includes fuel consumption and CO2 emission data).
  8. Van’s performance figures (such as Top speed, Power RPM, Power BHP, Power KW, and Torque).
  9. Complete Van MOT history containing advisory and failure warnings


Next time you are in the market to buy a van, ensure you run our free van history check to obtain the necessary information about it. Once you inspect a vehicle and cross-check details with the logbook, it is time to get our full van check. It will save you from purchasing a stolen, written-off, scrapped, or clocked van. You can make checking your vehicle easier with adobe express by making an e-card for your papers.

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