Salvage History Check

Includes pictures, salvage location, damage category and damage description

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A salvage history check will reveal if a vehicle has been damaged in the past and sold at a salvage auction. A salvage check includes date, mileage, location, damage description and images of the car.

What is a Salvage Check?

If a vehicle is accident damaged, written off by an insurance company or stolen and recovered damaged it may find the way to a salvage auction. A salvage check provides images of the damaged vehicle which helps show you how severe the damage was. Our sample report has an example damage photos of a salvage vehicle.

What is included in a Salvage Check

Get a free salvage check as part of our car history check, which includes all the information listed below:

Vehicle description

Images of vehicle damage

Summary of vehicle damage

Mileage data

Salvage site location

Salvage history with pictures

Why is a Salvage Check important?

If a vehicle has not been accurately recorded in the industry standard MIAFTR database, the salvage check may be able to reveal if a vehicle has been previously written off. It may also be able to give you further insight into the level of damage and repair performed when you view the images of the salvage vehicles. You must tell DVLA if your vehicle has been written off and scrapped by your insurance company.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are salvage cars worth buying?

Whether a salvaged car is worth buying depends on several factors, such as the extent of the damage, the cost of repairs, and the current market value of the vehicle. Some salvaged cars can be repaired and restored to a safe and functional condition, and may be a good value for the price.

What will a Salvage Check tell me?

A salvage check will reveal the extent of the damage and in many cases we will be able to link to images of the vehicle at the auction, which is useful to be able to assess the level of damage.

Can a salvaged car be driven?

A vehicle that has been salvaged is not safe to be driven on the road, nor can it be taxed or insured. The vehicle will need to be repaired first.

Can I register a salvage car with the DVLA?

You need to contact DVLA to see whether you can register a salvage car to be fit for the road.

What are the different salvage categories and what do they mean?

Once a vehicle has been written off and assigned a category on the Motor Insurance Anti-Fraud Theft Register (MIAFTR) database, it must be recorded on the car history, and the status must be disclosed to potential buyers.

A (Scrap) This is the most severe category, and indicates that a vehicle is beyond repair and must be crushed.
B (Break) This indicates that the vehicle is also beyond repair, but some parts may be salvaged and reused.
S (Repairable Structural) This category was introduced in October 2017 and replaces Category C. It indicates that the vehicle has sustained structural damage, but can be repaired and returned to the road.
N (Repairable Non- Structural)This category was introduced in October 2017 and replaces Category D. It indicates that the vehicle has sustained non-structural damage, and can be repaired and returned to the road.
U (Not owned by insurance company, not logged in MIAFTR)
X (No record of damage and not on HPI)

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