"An RAC Car Passport costs £14.99 and 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, 25th January 2015
Car data 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 car:
Is the car stolen?
Is the car an insurance write-off?
Is there outstanding finance on the car?
Has the car had previous plates?
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:
Number plate changes
Common breakdown reasons by make and model
Common MOT failures by make and model
An independent WhatCar? review
Vehicle valuation provided by Glass's
Average running costs by make and model
Car inspection and buying checklists
Up to £30,000 of insurance 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.
Inside the seller's report:
A complete history check to show buyers your car has a clear track record
3 months RAC Breakdown Cover to pass onto your buyer^
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 Pssport 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 Autotrader.
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.
Vehicle check comparison: RAC, HPI Check, AA, Autotrader
To make it easier for you to see how the RAC Car Passport compares to other providers like HPI Check, AA and Autotrader, 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.
Compare vehicle checks
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.
1 10% of all customers buying Car Insurance Plus with us from 1st June 2014 to 30th November 2014 paid less than £154. 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 Car History Check Insurance is arranged and administered by Experian Ltd (Registered No. 00653331), an appointed representative of Motorfile Ltd (Registered No. 3009493), and RAC Motoring Services (Registered No. 01424399) both authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is underwritten by Pinnacle Insurance plc (Registered No. 1007798), authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority.
^ 1. 3 months complimentary RAC Breakdown cover is provided following the purchase of a vehicle for which an RAC Car Passport Seller’s Report was carried out, and will consist of Single Unlimited (Roadside & Recovery) Vehicle Based Membership. During your 3 month complimentary period you will benefit from all the same benefits as paid members.
2. Offer is not available to existing RAC members. Only 1 period of complimentary cover is available during the offer period.
3. You must call 0333 202 3017 to activate your complimentary cover and quote PASS01.
4. Complimentary breakdown cover cannot be activated while in a breakdown situation.
5. Not available to customers amending or renewing an existing policy.
6. No cash alternatives available.
7. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time.
8. Offer ends 31.12.2015
RAC Breakdown cover provided by RAC Motoring Services (Registered No 01424399) and/or RAC Insurance Ltd (Registered No 2355834). Registered in England; Registered Offices: RAC House, Brockhurst Crescent, Walsall WS5 4AW. Arranged, sold and administered by RAC Motoring Services who is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in respect of insurance mediation activities only. RAC Insurance Ltd is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.