In the UK’s saturated used car market, there are so many misconceptions and queries. The buyers always want to know the best route to purchase a secondhand car and avoid the rip-offs. It is our duty as the BEST vehicle check provider in the UK to guide you towards the hassle-free buying process.
And when we say BEST, do not merely take our words. Car Analytics has won “The Best Vehicle History Check Service 2020” award from SME News, which is a testament to our premium car data services. Here is the simplest of answers to your most common questions related to vehicle check in the UK:
What is a Stolen Check?
A stolen check tells you about the theft status of a vehicle. We consider a stolen car check very important for every used car buyer because of the high percentage of car thefts here. If you accidentally buy a stolen car, you will lose it along with the money you have paid for it. Unfortunately, there is no way to judge a stolen vehicle unless you take CarAnalytics’ stolen car check. You just need to provide us with the car’s registration number, and we will tell you instantly if that vehicle is stolen or not.
Do you have Outstanding Finance?
Yes, we offer outstanding finance information in our vehicle check report of cars in the UK. An outstanding finance check simply reveals if the car you are purchasing has unsettled finance on it. As mentioned in one of our blog posts, “nearly 90% of new car deals are made on some kind of finance,” so chances of buying a financed vehicle are very high across the UK.
You must also know that buying a car with an unpaid loan is not illegal; however, it can cause you a whole lot of trouble later on. The finance firm can reclaim the vehicle because they technically own it, not the purchaser. Your best resort to stay away from a dodgy deal is CarAnalytics’ outstanding finance check. Our car finance check is very comprehensive; it gives you information about agreement date, agreement type, agreement term, agreement number, finance company name, and contact number.
Why should I take a Scrapped Check?
A scrapped status car running on the road is like a bomb that can explode anytime. A vehicle is scrapped for two reasons: either it has reached the end of its practicality, or it is written-off by its insurer because it is not fit to drive.
CarAnalytics’ scrapped check informs you about a vehicle’s scrapped status. We take data directly from the DVLA, so we guarantee our scrap check report is 100% authentic. If our vehicle check report mentions ‘Yes,’ in the Scrapped status of any UK car, we strongly advise you to walk away from the deal.
Where can I get a Mileage Check?
You can get a mileage check either at the DVLA site or at CarAnalytics. Both vehicle check reports will fetch the same data since we obtain information from the DVLA itself in the UK. However, there is a catch here. At the DVLA site or taking our free mileage check, you get to know the mileage noted at the time of the MOT test. The examiner notes only what he sees on the odometer. Therefore, you will never know if the reported mileage is accurate.
While there are a few ways to find out if your mileage is genuine, not everyone is equipped with the relevant knowledge. So, we advise car purchasers to run CarAnalytics’ mileage check to find out any mileage anomaly.
What is a Keeper History?
The keeper history signifies the number of keepers a vehicle has had. Although a car can have an infinite number of keepers, the buyers particularly want to investigate the keeper’s history for various reasons. Usually, a vehicle with four or higher keepers is a tough sell in the UK market. Furthermore, a vehicle changing hands within a short timespan may indicate it has issues. For this reason, we suggest car buyers to always look into the keeper’s history one of the best vehicle check in the UK. You should take CarAnalytic’s keeper history check to know the number of keepers it had, and when did they register the vehicle.
Is a Number Plate Check Necessary?
Yes, every used car buyer must know at least if the car they are eyeing at has a number plate change history. Why? It helps them investigate the plate change. The buyer must know why the seller had changed the number plate. Did he want a more personalised plate number, or did someone gift them a new plate? It could also be a seller wishing to hide the car’s identity. Mostly, dishonest sellers change the number plate to get away with the stolen or financed car.
Whatever is the case, it pays to get CarAnalytics’ number plate check to find out if the car has a plate change history. Our vehicle check report for the UK cars will also reveal the VRM it was changed to and the date it was changed.
Where can I get a Car Valuation?
There are multiple car valuation tools online, but none can match CarAnalytics’ car valuation. We evaluate your vehicle on its estimated mileage and value and provide you prices for Dealer Forecourt, Trade Retail, Private Clean, Private Average, Part Exchange, Auction, Trade Average, and Trade Poor.
Knowing a vehicle’s worth assists both the sellers and buyers; the sellers can set an accurate price, helping them sell the car faster while the buyers can determine if the asking price is suitable or should they negotiate on it.
What is a VIN Check?
VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is a unique seventeen-digit string of numbers and letters that an auto manufacturer issues and stamps on chassis for each vehicle that exits from its factory. No two cars in the world can have the same VIN. A VIN vehicle check simply tells you the vehicle identification number or chassis number that you can match with the VIN given in the logbook of UK. If both match, it means the car is legitimate. If not, understand that you are dealing with a stolen or illegal vehicle.
Apart from the chassis, you can also find the VIN on the driver’s section plastic trim, right shock absorber, or near the bottom of the car’s windscreen. Make sure the VIN is the same in all these places.
These are just a few vehicle check related common questions people ask in the UK. We will cover a lot more of these in our next blog post, so stay tuned.
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