The RAC’s vehicle check service now to cover motorbikes, motorhomes and LCVs

The RAC’s vehicle check service now to cover motorbikes, motorhomes and LCVs
The RAC’s vehicle check service has been expanded to cover three new categories of vehicle in a bid to give second-hand buyers extra peace of mind when they are making a purchase.

The online service has now been rolled out to cover motorcycles, motorhomes and light commercial vehicles (LCVs), helping to make the used vehicle market even more secure.

Used by thousands of motorists to research the history of used vehicles, the service is already one of the most popular and comprehensive of its kind.

It gives buyers the chance to find out essential information about their prospective purchases in a matter of seconds before they hand over their hard-earned cash.

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The service, which is priced at £14.99, can provide details of whether a vehicle has been stolen, written off or is still on finance.

It also gives a personalised valuation that gives buyers the opportunity to find out if they are getting a good deal on a second-hand motor.

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And it also supplies a handy checklist of things to look out for when viewing a vehicle that can be used to assess what condition it is in.

Rob Diamond, RAC director of motoring services, said the expansion of the service would help even more second-hand buyers.

“Our comprehensive vehicle data check product has already given thousands of motorists greater confidence when buying a used car, so we are pleased to now be able to extend the service and offer it to people in the market for their next motorbike, motorhome or LCV,” he said.

Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) show that motorcycles, motorhomes and LCVs account for around 15% of all vehicles on the road.

Separate information from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also suggests that motorcycles are among the most commonly stolen vehicles in the country.

For this reason, Mr Diamond said it is even more important to research a vehicle’s history to make sure buyers do not get caught out.

Meanwhile, he said, as the cost of a motorhome adds up to a significant outlay, it was vital for drivers to do their homework before making a buy.

The checklist of viewing tips would also help buyers ensure they do not invest in a vehicle that is likely to break down while on long excursions.

In addition, the service would give business owners the chance to find out if an LCV they are interested in buying has been taken out on finance by another firm, Mr Diamond said.

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