Running a Background Check on an Auction Car

When you buy a car at auction you are going to want to make sure that what you are buying is the best quality possible. Of course, you expect some damage, after all this is often advertised in the auction, but when you have made the investment into buying a car, you are going to want to know you haven’t wasted your money.

But how do you know whether or not the car you have just bought is worthwhile buying? A background check is one of the best things that you can do.

Why should you arrange a background check?

In the majority of cases, the idea of running a background check is that it is going to give you peace of mind that what you have bought is a sound investment. The majority of things that a background check can bring up, are things that are easy to fix or that could even be a mistake that needs to be rectified. However, there are also times when a background check could bring up something that is serious and that you need to take action on. 

What can a background check tell you? 

There are a variety of things that a background check can tell you about a car that you have just bought. Some of them are basic and you may already know, but others can pinpoint if there are any possible issues that you need to be aware of and then rectify. 

The basics that you can find out from a free check includes:

  • If the car is on the right number plate
  • When the car was manufactured 
  • The colour of the car 
  • The size of the engine
  • The current tax rate of the car
  • The date that the tax expires
  • The date that the MOT expires
  • Whether the car has been SORN 

If you find that you want to look deeper into the background of the car that you have just bought, then there are more specialised services that you can use. These often come at a cost. The type of things that you can find out from the checks include:

  • The number of previous owners of the car
  • Whether the car has been reported as being stolen
  • Whether the car has been deemed to be scrapped
  • If there are any discrepancies with the mileage
  • A rough estimate on the value of the car
  • Whether or not there have been any changes to the number plate
  • A check on the logbook
  • Whether the car has been imported 
  • If there is any outstanding finance against the car
  • If the car has ever been a part of a safety recall

All of these things can help you to learn the history of the car that you have just bought and whether or not you have wasted your money. 

How to run a background check on a used car

It comes as no surprise that the internet is the best place to go if you want to run a background check on a car. The DVLA should be your starting point, as this will help you to find out the most basic things about the car. In order to do this, you will need to have the make and model of the car and also the registration number too. Once you have this information then there are plenty of details that you can discover about the car that you are hoping to buy.

As you can see, running a background check on a car is definitely worthwhile doing. It might take time and for a more detailed check it may even cost you money, but, in doing this you are going to be able to make sure that the car you have bought, such as from here at Car.co.uk, is worth it.


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