FREE Car History Check

Instantly verify if a vehicle has ever been stolen, written off, has finance & more

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What is included in a free car check?

A car history check is essential, you can view the details of your car online by doing a car reg check. You’ll find lots of useful information and charts on our instant reg checker to give you a sneak peak into the vehicle’s history.

  • Vehicle details: Make, model, year of registration.
  • Vehicle road tax: including CO2 output, road tax costs/rates, and expiry date.
  • MOT history check, including advisory notes and causes of failure and current expiry date.
  • Engine CC size & BHP
  • Fuel type (diesel/petrol/electric/hybrid)
  • Vehicle type approval category and vehicle weight

  • CO2 Driving emissions levels based on European status.
  • V5C logbook date. Issue date of the V5C registration document provided by DVLA.

  • Insurance & ULEZ: Use the askMID to check if your car is insured.

How to check car history for free?

Car reg check is the biggest FREE car history website in the UK! You can find out all about any car with a quick search, or use our free number plate checker.

  • Enter vehicle registration number (number plate) and click search to perform a vehicle check.

  • Our vehicle history report will show free information, like the car’s make and model, body style, wheel plan, colour, engine size, fuel type, vehicle dimensions, vehicle TAX, MOT history and MOT expiry date., every time you check a vehicle.

  • Basic vehicle information can be found in our free report. You can also buy our premium report, if you want to receive more detailed information about a car.

Free HPI check alternative

Full Car Checks is the most comprehensive HPI check alternative. Providing vehicle history information similar to an HPI Car Check, you may also see them called car history checks, used car checks or reg check.

HPI car check can provide information on a vehicle to see whether it still belongs to finance company, is stolen or has been written off. This helps prevent buyers from purchasing vehicles with hidden problems.

Full Car Checks is not the first UK company to start offering car history checks. The first company that started offering history checks is now trading as HPI Limited (HPI and HPI Check are trademarks of HPI Limited, Full Car Checks is not affiliated with HPI or HPI check).

What is included in a standard reg check?

Our car history check includes records of write offs, salvage history, stolen, scrapped, plate changes, colour changes & more. Additionally, it is possible to include an outstanding finance check if required. Our Reg check is the largest and most reliable number plate checker in the UK.

  • Insurance Write Off (Total loss) Check: We check whether the vehicle has been declared an insurance total loss (category A, B, C, D, S & N), or written-off, including the loss type, loss date and damaged areas. This check looks at the data supplied by the insurance industry (MIAFTR) to find out if a vehicle has ever been written off.
  • Salvage History Check: Our checks reveal whether a car has been found at a salvage auction. Details include pictures, salvage location, category of write off and description of the damage directly from the salvage listing. Some of these vehicles will be recorded as written off on the MIAFTR database, but some will not.
  • Stolen Car Check: Check whether the vehicle you are interested in is recorded as stolen in the Police National Computer, which records all vehicles reported to the police, and also MIAFTR (Motor insurance fraud and theft register).
  • Mileage check: All of our checks provide mileage data and will flag up if there is an issue with a car’s mileage. This data is obtained from DVSA MOT records. Clocking, or vehicle mileage fraud, has become more and more common in recent years.
  • Car Owner Check: Check the total number of previous owners recorded by the DVLA, which includes the date of registration, keeper number, date acquired and ownership duration.
  • Number Plate Change History: Check whether the vehicle has a history of number plate change, including the plate registration number (VRM) it was changed to and the date it was changed.
  • Imported/Exported: A Car Import Check reveals whether the vehicle you are buying is imported or marked as an export. If you find a vehicle,“Exported” by DVLA, It is recommended to not buy that vehicle.
  • Scrapped/Unscrapped: We will check data from the DVLA to verify whether the vehicle you want to purchase has been scrapped or not.
  • Colour Change: Check whether the vehicle has a history of car colour change. Our registration check includes a record of the original colour and any colour changes. The DVLA must be notified and your V5C registration document updated of any changes.
  • VIC Inspected: This check is intended to ensure that a vehicle registration certificate (V5C) was not issued for a stolen or cloned vehicle taking the identity of a destroyed or scrapped vehicle.
  • VIN or Chassis: Check the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the vehicle and make sure the details you’ve been given match the information held by the DVLA. It’s a crucial check to make sure the car is legitimate.
  • Engine Number: Check that the engine number matches with the vehicle engine number recorded by the DVLA.
  • Q Registration: The DVLA issues ‘Q’ registration numbers to vehicles whose age or identity is in doubt. If you are thinking of buying a Q registration vehicle, you may not be able to confirm its true age or identity.

What is included in a full reg check?

Our full car check provides everything from the free and standard checks. When you need the confidence to make your next car-buying decision, opt for our full car history check which is the most comprehensive report and comes with £30,000 data guarantee.

  • Car Finance Check: This check will also give you the contact details of the finance company that has registered the finance agreement, so you can contact them to establish if the financial agreement has been settled prior to purchase. A log book loan check is included in the outstanding finance check.
  • £30,000 data guarantee: Our Full Check comes with a £30,000 data guarantee. We’ve got you covered, every time you check a vehicle.
  • Car Valuation: Valuation tool gives you an up to date price based on the car and its mileage. Includes the trade-in price and private sale price.