There are many free car check websites available all of them offer either paid for and/or instant car check services. People tend to use these services as a DVLA tax check or to see if a car has a valid mot test. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) holds some information about vehicles in their database so you can check your reg online. The services are provided free under the Open Government Licence and only need a vehicle registration to conduct a search.
Some of the information you can find out about a car includes:
You can find the UK government free vehicle check services below:
These checks won't usually provide you with any information regarding a vehicle's hidden history such as:
You can find some websites offering the above free lookup services coupled with more detailed vehicle history checks. Usually, these additional car data checks come at a cost, so to get the full detailed reports, you'll have to pay for them, and prices do vary. But if you are buying a car, it's well worth getting a report with this vital information included. It's worth comparing the costs and what data each one provides and ensuring they have the information you need before committing.
Consumer sites offering paid for or free reg checks in the UK:
Quite often the consumer products listed above are resellers or are powered by the more well-known vehicle trade data providers. Because they have been around a lot longer, have more experience and have built up the partnerships they are considered to be more accurate in vehicle history data. They also tend to offer guarantees on their data in the event any of it being incorrect.
Detailed Provenance and Vehicle History Checks for Trade users: