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Van History Check

Did you know 1 in 3 vehicles has a hidden past?

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Vehicle check guide

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Frequently asked questions

If you only do one thing when buying a van, it should be carrying out a van history check. Auto Trader Vehicle Check can help you to buy a van without a hidden past simply by entering the registration number.

A used van history check will provide you with information about the van, which you can check, along with details of any dodgy history, including whether it's subject to outstanding finance or an insurance write-off.

There are 26 pieces of information available about each vehicle. Vehicle Check will tell you:

  • A full description including the make, model, colour, date of first registration, engine size and number, transmission and number of gears, body style, year of manufacture
  • The finance agreement number and the contact details of the loan company if there is finance outstanding on the vehicle
  • How many keepers the vehicle has had prior to the current keeper
  • If it has had any colour changes
  • If it has had any registration plate changes
  • If it has been used and imported from outside the EU
  • If it has been exported
  • If the DVLA have it recorded as scrapped
  • If it has been clocked (Not available for all vehicles)
  • CO2 emissions
  • Vehicle excise duty band and cost of 12 months tax
  • Confirmation of the VIN before you buy
  • If a vehicle is being tracked by a third party and is at risk of fraud or theft

If you have already found a vehicle you can buy a single Vehicle Check report for £19.99, while the £24.99 multi check allows you to check and compare up to five vehicles within 60 days.

The result of the Vehicle Check will appear on screen allowing you to print them and they will all remain accessible to you each time you log in. You can return to the check at any time to view the details, to add the VIN or to register your chosen vehicle for the Vehicle Check Data Insurance.

Import information is received from the DVLA and DVLNI. If a vehicle is recorded as being imported, we are unable to provide information for the period it was out of the UK. You should try to obtain as much information about the vehicle's history as possible. You should also check the vehicle documents carefully.

A vehicle purchased in another country in the European Union and brought into the UK, whether as a new or used vehicle, is not classified as an imported vehicle, to reflect the single European Market. Always check with a franchised dealer if you are unsure of the origin of the vehicle or if you believe it is covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Export information is received from the DVLA and DVLNI. If a vehicle's is recorded as being exported we cannot provide information on the period it was out of the UK. You should try to obtain as much information about the vehicle's history as possible and check the vehicle's documents carefully. Only proceed if there is a current V5C, dated after the date of export shown in the Vehicle Check report.

A VIN, or chassis number, is a unique identification number for every van manufactured. A registration number can be changed and may appear on different vans over a period of time, but the VIN is a constant throughout the lifetime of the van. It will be documented on the V5C registration certificate issued by the DVLA or DVLNI, and usually in the service book.

To register your insurance you will need to log in to Vehicle Check and confirm the vehicle's VIN which can usually be found under the bonnet, above the headlights and grille.

Once you have done this, you will be given the option to register the insurance on that vehicle and you will need to supply the following:

  • Purchase date
  • Amount paid
  • Type of sale (e.g. private sale or motor dealer)

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Vehicle Check is a brand of and is provided by Experian Ltd. Experian is an appointed representative of Motorfile Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Motorfile Ltd, Landmark House, Experian Way, NG2 Business Park, Nottingham NG80 1ZZ. Registered in England Company No. 3009493. VAT No. 887133593.