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    What is the best way of checking a car's history

    I am looking to buy a 2nd hand car and spending a few shillings. If I bought privately I would have to get the car history checked out.
    Anybody know the cheapest way of doing this?

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    I use [url]www.mycarcheck.com[/url] its £3.95

    Original Poster

    Thanks for that one seems a good site

    rac.co.uk/web…ks/
    "Proper" HPI check, which gives you the guarantees to go with it incase the information is wrong further down the line...

    the one and only trusted company [url]www.hpicheck.com[/url]

    littlemeglet;1795476

    the one and only trusted company ]www.hpicheck.com



    If you want to pay 4 times more than RAC, go ahead

    Original Poster

    MoneySavingG;1795494

    If you want to pay 4 times more than RAC, go ahead


    Thanks for the info
    There are so many companys that do these ckecks, but I need a reliable one who will not be to heavy on the fees

    RAC and HPI are the same company I believe (so use the same data). RAC is the one to use.

    littlemeglet;1795476

    the one and only trusted company [url]www.hpicheck.com[/url]



    Admittedly I thought hpi were the ONLY company that guarantee the information although ive never had a problem with mycarcheck.com

    MoneySavingG;1795547

    RAC and HPI are the same company I believe (so use the same data). RAC is … RAC and HPI are the same company I believe (so use the same data). RAC is the one to use.



    They're not the same company but use the same information, as do most checks. RAC are well known so it may be worth using them .:roll:

    As I understand it, they all use the same data source. So, just go with the cheapest which would seem to be (for a basic check) mycarcheck.com. Wouldn't bother with hpicheck. vastly overpriced and "recommended by Autocar" translates as substantial advertising budget spent with Autocar. There is no such thing as an "independent" car magazine (Motoring Which excluded!)

    HPI Check are by far the most comprehensive. You pay 19.99, it tells you whether the car is financed, involved in any accidents, has any outstanding fines, has correct VIN number etc - plus you get 7 days FREE insurance with Norwich Union. I bought a car at the beginning of this month, used this service and was not disappointed.

    If you're after finding out service history etc and not trust the service book I went to a main dealer and they gave me all the recorded service history - this was for a mercedes.

    chocolatieclaire;1797614

    HPI Check are by far the most comprehensive. You pay 19.99, it tells you … HPI Check are by far the most comprehensive. You pay 19.99, it tells you whether the car is financed, involved in any accidents, has any outstanding fines, has correct VIN number etc - plus you get 7 days FREE insurance with Norwich Union. I bought a car at the beginning of this month, used this service and was not disappointed.


    RAC - £4.99, tells you if the car is financed, involved in any accidents, has any outstanding finance, has correct VIN numbers etc - AND there is a section on the RAC website offering 7 days FREE insurance.

    I know which one I'd choose...

    Can't be bothered looking at the different sites to see what each is offering but to clarify a couple of points. RAC & HPI are owned by the same organization. I doubt very much that they have any special arrangements though.

    HPI are the people who historically have recorded all finance arrangements. They also have a link up to DVLA & the PNC. They also administer two of the insurance industry claims databases.

    oh well depends on your financial status I suppose. Not much I can do about it now though - £15 - change for a peace of mind...
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