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Car check - Also known as a Hire Purchase Information (HPI) Check

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?
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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 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. Also known as an HPI check or an HP check (Hire Purchase Information or Hire Purchase Check), our car history 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.

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.

Hire Purchase Information (HPI) Checks

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.


110% of all customers buying car insurance with us from 1st April 2014 to 30th September 2014 paid less than £149. Based on comprehensive car insurance, 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 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.

*Arranged by Experian Ltd (Registered number 653331) and RAC Motoring Services. Experian Ltd is an appointed representative of Motorfile Ltd (Registered number: 3009493). Motorfile Limited and RAC Motoring Services are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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