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"An RAC Car Passport will check the car's history, confirm the value and offer lots of other useful buying advice. It could save you thousands."

Quentin Willson, Motoring Journalist, Sunday Mirror.

RAC Car Check

Feel secure when you buy a used car with an RAC Car Passport car data check

With an RAC Car Passport car data check you get an instant on-screen report answering these vital questions about your chosen vehicle:

  • Is the car stolen?
  • Is the car an insurance write-off?
  • Is there outstanding finance on the car?
  • Has the car had previous plates?
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Buying a car?

Check the car history first with an RAC Car Passport buyer's report

Inside the buyer's report:

  • A complete car history check, including 10 alerts:
    • Outstanding finance
    • Written off
    • Stolen
    • Scrapped
    • Mileage discrepancies
    • Exported
    • Imported
    • Number plate changes
    • Colour changes
    • Interested parties
  • Common breakdown reasons by make and model
  • Common MOT failures by vehicle make and model
  • An independent What Car? review
  • Vehicle valuation provided by Glass's
  • Average running costs by make and model
  • Car inspection and buying checklists
  • Up to £30,000 of guarantee to cover your car history check data

Click here to view a sample RAC Car Passport buyer's report

Selling a car?

Give buyers confidence with an RAC Car Passport Seller’s Report

You can prepare a seller's report, which you can download and share with your buyers, for a more successful sale of your vehicle.

Inside the seller's report:

  • A complete vehicle history check to show buyers your car has a clear track record
  • MOT history including latest and previous MOT reports
  • Maintenance history - add value to your car by including information on service history
  • Average running costs for your make & model
  • An independent What Car? review of your car
  • An advert template, a sales receipt and a handy checklist with useful hints and tips to help you sell your car

Click here to view a sample RAC Car Passport seller's report

Getting an RAC Car Passport car data check is quick and easy to do online.

Generate a Buyers Report in 3 simple steps:

  • Input the vehicle registration (of the car you want to check the history for)
  • Enter your email address (so we can send you a copy of your report)
  • Complete payment details

Your online report will be generated on-screen.

To prepare a Sellers Report:

Follow the same instructions above. You’ll also need your V5C document to hand (so that we can retrieve your vehicle MOT history) and details of any servicing you’ve carried out on the car.

Read RAC Car Passport car data check buyer's terms and conditions and seller's terms and conditions for more information.

Frequently asked questions.

The RAC's car check allows you to review the history of a vehicle, and provides essential data and information you might need before buying or selling a car. We've created the RAC Car Passport to be the most comprehensive car history check in the UK, and you see why in our comparison table, which highlights the added features we've included compared to HPI Check, AA and Auto Trader.

Our vehicle check provides a report that will tell you whether a car has been stolen, has outstanding finance, has been written-off or if it has had previous plates. However, it also includes a private sale valuation of the car, common MOT faults, running costs and an independent review of the make and model.

As finance companies are within their rights to demand payment from a new car owner in possession of a vehicle with an existing loan on it, not checking the car history can prove costly. In light of the fact that 25% of cars currently have outstanding finance on them, making sure the car you want to buy doesn’t have hidden history can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

RAC Cars provides you with peace of mind when buying a used car as our approved dealer network ensures that all cars come with an 82 point check and a 3 month warranty. We also have advice sections and a finance calculator to help you buy the car you love. If you still want more support when buying a used car, you can also find impartial guidance from Citizens Advice.

Vehicle check comparison: RAC, HPI Check, AA, Auto Trader

To make it easier for you to see how the RAC Car Passport compares to other providers like HPI Check, AA and Auto Trader, we've created a comparison table to highlight key differences to take into account. We believe that our report is the most comprehensive in the UK. With the addition of a private sale valuation of the car, common MOT faults, running costs and an independent review of the make and model, our report includes more information to help you make a much more informed decision about your next car.

Car history check explained

A thorough car check can help you avoid the car‘s history coming back to haunt you. As an average of 1 in 250 cars are sold despite having been scrapped, drivers can potentially find their new car costing more than they think, and having to spend money on repairs they could have avoided. Additionally, driving a scrapped car is extremely hazardous and can potentially result in a dangerous accident.

Also worrying for the safety of drivers and their wallets, are car write-offs. It is illegal to drive a written-off car if it hasn’t been repaired properly or had the appropriate Vehicle Identity Check (VIC) by the DVLA. To avoid being caught out by a miss-sold car, whenever buying from a private seller, it is important to personally confirm the car’s history to avoid any legal difficulty. The fact that 1 in 6 cars is an insurance write-off means that there are a lot of vehicles out there to be wary of and failure to make the appropriate checks will mean you could be driving a car that could be illegal to be on the road.

In addition to allowing you to confirm the car you want to buy is road-worthy, an RAC Car Passport vehicle check can also help prevent you from purchasing a car that has been involved in crime. 1 in 20 cars show inaccurate mileage, for example, which are discrepancies that can be the result of fraud. If you are caught driving a car that was involved in a crime, you will not just lose money when the car is taken away, you may also have to pay, at great cost, to clear your name with the authorities if legal action is taken. The Money Advice Service provide further information on why you should inspect a used car before purchasing.

The following vehicles are exempt: imports, 4x4’s, convertibles, write-offs, hybrids, vans, vehicles over 10 years old, vehicles with more than 5 seats, prestige vehicles, 4-wheel drives, LPGs, motorhomes and vehicles with more than 120,000 miles on the clock.

1 33% of all customers buying Car Insurance Plus with us from 1st January 2016 to 30th June 2016 paid less than £203. Based on comprehensive Car Insurance Plus, purchased direct, excluding any additional products and upgrades, with payment on an annual basis. Your premium will depend on your circumstances and the level of cover you choose.

RAC Insurance is a trading name of RAC Financial Services Limited. Registered in England and Wales No. 5171817. Registered office: RAC House, Brockhurst Crescent, Walsall, WS5 4AW. RAC Car Insurance and RAC Home Insurance are arranged and administered by BISL Limited, which is an independent intermediary. Registered in England no. 3231094. Registered office: Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YS. Both companies are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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