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Both DVLA and private companies Vehicle Check Services allow you to find out whether or not a used vehicle has been stolen, written off or has outstanding finance.

DVLA Vehicle Check Services

Online Vehicle Enquiries

Using the online vehicle enquiry service you can find out a vehicle's:

  • Year of manufacture
  • Date of first registration
  • Engine capacity
  • Colour
  • CO2 emissions
  • Tax status and rate
  • MOT status

Several companies exist who will check major statuses of a vehicle, including:

  • Vehicle make and model and engine size
  • Whether or not a vehicle is an insurance write-off
  • The vehicle's insurance category
  • If the vehicle has been reported as stolen / stolen and recovered
  • A vehicle chassis / VIN number check
  • Vehicle colour has changed
  • Number plate change history
  • Whether or not the vehicle has been exported or scrapped
  • A full history check
  • The number of former keepers of the vehicle

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Private Vehicle Check Companies

Selected organisations are provided with DVLA information on the registration of vehicles. This is for consumer protection and to help in combating fraud.

This information can also be added to by police, finance and insurance companies.

CarweB Ltd
Pipers Business Centre, 220 Vale Road, Tonbridge, TN9 1SP
Telephone: 01732 373 002
Fax: 01732 373 001

CDL Vehicle Information Services Limited
Strata House, Kings Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD
Telephone: 08444 821 965
Fax: 01436 821 875

Talbot House, Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5HF
Telephone: 0870 6000 838
Fax: 0115 934 4105

HPI Limited
Dolphin House, P O Box 61, New Street, Salisbury, SP1 2TB
Telephone: 01722 422 422
Fax: 01722 412 164

Vehicle Data Services Ltd
11 Somerset Place, Glasgow, G3 7JT
Telephone: 0777 999 1921

Last updated: Thursday 30th May 2019

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