• 2021-01-18 13:55:02
  • >18


A helpful guide on how to complete a car history check


Getting a new car is a pretty big deal, and at GetCarFinanceHere we understand that many people who are looking for a new motor want to know absolutely everything about their potential new car before signing any paperwork.

Cars can go through a lot in their lifetime, and although there is more risk associated with buying a car privately, at GCFH we are still asked by customers about the history of our vehicles on a regular basis.

So, in our latest post the GCFH team provide you with a few top tips to help you complete a comprehensive history check on any vehicle that you may have your eye on.

How to check a cars history

With a variety of useful tools that are readily available online, completing a car history check is now actually a lot easier than you may think.

For example, The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, or DVLA for short, have a super-useful online vehicle checker where you can gather information on a wide range of different factors.

If you have the registration number of the vehicle you are looking to run a check on, you can discover the following:

  • Vehicle tax & MOT expiration dates
  • Registration date
  • Colour, engine size and year of manufacture
  • C02 emission levels
  • The vehicle’s current tax rate

So, to run an online history check on a vehicle of your choice, gather information from the DVLA today.

How do I know if a car has been involved in an accident?

If you are currently looking at getting a new car, one thing that you will want to know is whether any cars that you are looking at have ever been involved in some sort of accident.

Even the most minor incidents can cause complications, so it is pivotal that you find out if your potential new car has had an accident free history, but how do you discover this?

Well, this can also be easily done by checking the vehicle’s insurance category. If a car has previously been written off, it is no longer road legal. So, at GCFH we highly advise only considering vehicles that fall into the insurance groups of S and N.

If you purchase a car with GetCarFinanceHere, you do not have to worry about whether or not your desired vehicle has been involved in an accident as all cars that we offer have been HPI checked before purchase, ensuring no vehicle we sell has ever been in an accident.

Other important factors to check when buying a new car

Furthermore, to guarantee that your potential new car is in good working order there are an array of further external and internal checks that can be completed.

For example, checking that the cars actual mileage matches up with the mileage that was advertised is a simple task that many regretfully overlook. On top of this, it is also important to inspect the vehicle’s cam belt to learn when it was last changed, as cam belt repairs can potentially set you back a substantial amount.

Reviewing the vehicle’s tires prior to purchasing is also something that you may want to consider, as replacements will be further expenditure that you could have avoided.

If you are unsure on how to carry out these checks, you can instruct a professional to look over the vehicle instead so that you can have peace of mind knowing that you have a comprehensive list of the vehicle’s issues.

Benefit from full RAC cover with GetCarFinanceHere

Wouldn’t it be great if you could just get behind the vehicle of your dream car, without having to worry about completing a lot of these time-consuming pre-purchase checks? Well for GetCarFinanceHere customers, this is exactly the case!

Our team understand how much of a nightmare it is when your vehicle breaks down, which is why we are delighted to offer the option of RAC’s gold warranty package on all our car finance deals.

So, by financing your new vehicle through GCFH, you do not have to worry about forking out for a whole hot of electrical and mechanical related faults if the worst was to happen.

To learn more about taking advantage of this unmissable offer, check out our post on RAC car warranty.

Car finance deals for everyone at GetCarFinanceHere

If you are looking for a new car, then look no further than GetCarFinanceHere. Whether you are a first-time driver, or have been on the road for years, we are confident that we can find the perfect new or used vehicle for you.

In addition to this, we specialise in helping those with bad credit, so please don’t hesitate to contact our team if you are worried about your poor credit rating holding you back.

To explore some of the hottest car finance packages that we currently offer, head over to our showroom used car deals today.

Or, if you would rather discuss our services in more detail with a dedicated member of the GCFH team, give us a call on 01282 544532.

GetCarFinanceHere work hard to make sure they find the most competitive car finance package near me.

Request a call back

Thank you for your interest. Please fill out the form below to Request a call back and someone from our team will get in touch shortly.