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Reports and Records - Unofficial Guide to the DVLA Vehicle History Report

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Getting the vehicle history report for your car isn't rocket science, but there's a definite technique to doing it correctly. To start with, you need the vehicle VIN number which can be found in several locations throughout the car. By law the VIN number must be prominently displayed in the driver's side door well, the dashboard, on the engine block and on any paperwork that identifies the car and its owner.

Vehicle History Report

Just imagine this, you’ve searched for months for the perfect vehicle. You’ve visited many forecourts, dealt with private sellers, shopped on eBay motors and even went to several auctions and then one day, you see a tiny ad in the paper. You immediately call up the person and ask her to see the car. Let’s just say, it is love at first sight.

She seems to have all the answers and the car looks in great shape but it almost feels too good to be true. You chalk up these feelings to buyer’s cautiousness and buy it anyway. Well, after 2 weeks, you realize that you bought a dodgy car. The car looks great on the outside but it has all sorts of mechanical problems. What do you do? The good news is that you may have some legal recourse. However, all of this could have been avoided if you had only acquired the vehicle’s history BEFORE you bought it.

With a vehicle history report, you get information from the PNC (Police National Computer for recorded stolen vehicles), the DVLA and the Association of British Insurers (recorded accident damage).

Vehicle history reports reveal whether the registration is recorded as stolen & recovered;

  • Subject to Outstanding Finance2
  • Stolen (Police Interest)
  • Stolen & Recovered
  • Write off / Total Insurance Loss (Recorded Accident Damage)
  • Scrapped by the DVLA
  • Subject to Plate Transfers
  • Colour Changes
  • We also supply you with information on:
  • Make and Model
  • Number of Former Keepers
  • VIN (Chassis Number) Check
  • Engine Number and Size
  • Exported
  • Date First Registered
  • Year Manufactured
  • Colour

In addition, vehicle history reports also provide buyers with a summary of the vehicle and red flags that you should be aware of based on research findings.

For instance, let’s just say that the owner claims that the car was only driven to work and back again but the miles show something different. Well, this could be a case of odometer rollback or some other type of foul play that should be thoroughly investigated before the card is purchased.

Basically, vehicle history reports provide buyers with the information that they need to make an informed decision. It puts the power back into the hands of the buyers and allows them to check up on facts and make sure that they are dealing with a truthful seller before they purchase a car.

Vehicle history reports are wonderful tools that can help you minimize the risks associated with purchasing a used vehicle. By acquiring this information beforehand, you’ll save yourself a ton of heartache and stress and will have the information you need to make an informed buying decision.