Stolen Car Check
A stolen car check provides the necessary information you need to ensure the vehicle you are intending to buy has not been stolen. Unless the seller is particularly suspicious during the sale, it is unlikely that you will be curious as to whether the car you are about to buy is stolen or not. Like other stolen goods, a stolen car will in all likelihood appear to be perfectly legitimate. If they find their cars, the original owners are well within their rights to reclaim them, whether you knew the car had been stolen or not. This will leave you both out of pocket and without a car, where your only course of action would be to take legal action against the seller to get your money back. With an RAC Car Passport car check you can perform a stolen car check and stop this from happening to you.
RAC Stolen Car Check
When it comes to stolen cars, the burden of responsibility is always on the buyer to make the necessary checks beforehand to ensure the prospective vehicle has not been stolen. No matter if it was bought in all honesty, the police will still seize the vehicle, and lenders can still demand payment if it had been on a finance scheme. With our car data check, you can perform a stolen car check, which will let you know whether the car has been recorded by the police as stolen. It can also inform the buyers if the vehicle has been declared a write-off, has been clocked or has any outstanding finance on it. The car check will also let the owner know if the number plate has been registered to the VIN/chassis number recorded by the DVLA.
When buying a car there are a number of things you can do as a precaution.
Check the documents are real – Always ask for the original copy of the V5C registration document and look for the DVLA watermark. You should also ensure the V5C document is legitimate by checking the issue date and serial number.
Check the documents match – Always ensure the MOT docs and service history match the V5C details. You should also check the registration number and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) match those recorded on the V5C.
Check the seller is genuine – Ensure the seller’s address on the V5C matches their driving license, passport or bill.
Getting a car data check using the RAC Car Passport 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.
† 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.