Car History Check

Check if a vehicle is stolen, scrapped, has finance + more

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What is a Car History Check?

Otherwise better known as a vehicle history check – because you can also check motorbikes and vans, as well as cars.

Any UK registered vehicle can have its history checked. These types of checks will show you the following. Check out our sample report here.


What is included in a car history check?

  1. Full MOT history
  2. VED/Tax check – i.e. if road fund is valid
  3. Stolen check
  4. Scrapped and Write-off Checks
  5. Finance – i.e. if any outstanding
  6. Import check
  7. Cloned plate check
  8. …and loads more!

All you need to do is enter the VRM (the number plate, such as AB12 ABC). Get started now – we can also check private plates and Irish style plates instantly, it only takes 1-2s to fully check all the various sources (such as DVLA, SMMT, DVSA and many more).


Do I need a car history check?

There’s a lot of fraud around today, sadly – so make sure you satisfy your own curiosity by arranging your own vehicle check.

Our price is fixed – only £8.99 (inc. VAT) for the full Premium report – this includes EVERY check needed when you’re buying a vehicle. Don’t risk it.


Can’t I get this information for free?

You can get some basic information from the website directly here.

The problem is, this information may not be quite what you’re looking for — if you’re buying a used vehicle then it’s imperative that you check much more than just the MOT and VED status. But that said we do welcome the government making this information available at no cost – we also provide this (plus more) in our Free reports.


You really don’t want to be driving around in a stolen car like this!

What happens if I risk it?

Our Premium report – the most in-depth on the market – costs only £8.99 including VAT. Why you would buy something as expensive as a car without first checking the history. Ultimately it could be the most expensive purchase you make for the new few years.

Be aware if you buy a car with outstanding finance, or that has previously been stolen (whether reported stolen or not at time of purchase), you will very likely have to hand the car back. There’s no guarantees in UK law that mean you will get a refund of the purchase price if that does happen to you.

So in other words, you may very well be out of pocket if you buy a stolen vehicle – knowingly or otherwise.


Given that around 1 in 3 of our checks shows hidden history – can you really afford NOT to buy a HPI-style vehicle report?


Note that there is no such thing as a free history check – that is, if you’re looking for the full set of checks, it won’t exist. But if you’re just looking for a basic check, we don’t charge a penny (hence why we’re called FreeCarCheck!).

You won’t find a completely free and in-depth vehicle check anywhere, but if you’re looking to purchase an instant Premium check then here’s a small sample of what’s included:

  • Stolen check
  • Write off check
  • Outstanding finance check
  • Import check
  • Export check
  • Grey import check
  • Scrapped check
  • MOT history check
  • VED (Tax) check
  • Number of previous owners
  • Colour change(s) / resprays
  • …and loads more!

If you want to just check for FREE then our basic free check service includes all this:

  • MOT Check
  • MOT History
  • VED Check
  • Mileage Check
  • Export Check