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Car history checks
"1 in 3 cars has a hidden history" An alarming statement, but sadly true. That is why we have teamed up with AutoCheck from Experian to give you the reassurance you need. Inadvertently buying a car that is then found to have been stolen is likely to result in you losing all rights to ownership, as well as the money you originally paid. We check key registers on AutoCheck for every private car placed on the site for sale. This should prevent a car that is stolen from being advertised on our site.
Clocking does still occur unfortunately. No surprise when you learn that a car's value increases on average by £30 for every 1,000 miles knocked off.
Clocking usually involves removing the whole assembly from the dash and changing the milometer i.e. winding the clock back. Check that the digits align and examine the screws, and if you are in doubt, walk away.
A history check may reveal that the car has outstanding finance and that it's legally still owned by the finance company. But this is not necessarily bad news - you can still come to an agreement with the finance company, and end up owning the car. But don't rely on the seller's word that he or she will settle the outstanding amount.
The check may also reveal that the car had previously been written off or recorded as a total loss by an insurance company due to damage or a theft-related insurance claim. This doesn't necessarily mean that you shouldn't buy the car, but if you do you should consider the following: