3.3 million vehicles sold each year in the UK have a warning

Mycarcheck.com provide vehicle checks which alert potential buyers to possible problems with a vehicle. By using the vehicle’s VRM (reg plate number), information such as if the car has been written off, is stolen or has outstanding finance, is provided. This information allows the potential buyer to negotiate a better deal, or to avoid buying the vehicle altogether.

This week mycarcheck.com released some interesting information that highlights the possible dangers of buying some of the UK’s most popular cars, particularly Land Rovers, Audis and Hondas.

Taken from all car checks carried out on the My Car Check website in 2015, the report found that:

  • 3.3 million vehicles sold each year in the UK have some sort of warning against them
  • The top manufacturer searched was Ford, followed by Vauxhall and Volkswagen, BMW and Audi
  • The top model searched was the Ford Fiesta Zetec, followed by the Mini Cooper, the VW Golf GT TDI, Mini Copper S and Mini One
  • Nearly half (46%) of all vehicles checked in 2015 had at least one warning against them
  • The average value of a vehicle searched in 2015 was £7,632
  • 65.7% of Land Rovers had at least one warning, the highest of all manufacturers, with Mercedes in second place with 64.4%
  • Land Rover also had the highest proportion of stolen warnings (0.32%), with Audi in second place with 0.28%
  • 11.7% of all Audis checked had outstanding finance warnings, with Mercedes in second place with 11%
  • Honda had the highest proportion of write-off warnings at 19.4%, with Vauxhall in second place with 18.7%


Read the full report “Making Better Used Car Choices” here.
Buying a used vehicle without first carrying out a check is taking a huge risk. You can check a car by downloading My Car Check’s app (available on iOS or Android devices), texting the reg to 83600 or visiting mycarcheck.com.


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