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About AutoCheck

AutoCheck has been protecting people from buying vehicles with dodgy backgrounds since 2006. We now check thousands of cars and bikes a year, warning potential buyers about vehicles that had been clocked, written off after accidents, stolen or that still had outstanding finance.

About AutoCheck

AutoCheck has been protecting people from buying vehicles with dodgy backgrounds since 2006. We now check thousands of cars and bikes a year, warning potential buyers about vehicles that have been clocked, written off after accidents, stolen or that still had outstanding finance.

Check a vehicles hidden history

The AutoCheck service

Our unique combination of 26 different checks helps you take the risk out of buying your next second-hand car. There are two ways you can use it:

Single check - If you have already found a car you want to buy, you may want just one AutoCheck report. Do remember though, that many vehicles have adverse data, which may cause you to think again.

Multiple Check - So for just a few pounds more, you can carry out up to five checks and then make a more informed choice.

We rely on data from more than 20 types of provider, such as the police, insurance companies and finance companies. And mistakes are rare. However, occasionally a piece of data is missing. So to protect you even more, and to ensure you don't suffer a financial loss because of incorrect or incomplete data, we offer insurance for free. This is included at no extra cost in the AutoCheck and covers the data provided up to the purchase price (to a maximum of £30,000) for two years.

AutoCheck is part of Experian, the leading supplier of information to the motor industry.

AutoCheck Step by Step Guide

If you know the registration plate of the vehicle you are looking to buy, enter it and receive a free confirmation of the make, model and colour.

If you don’t know the registration plate at this stage, you can still purchase an AutoCheck and use the checks purchased within 60 days.

Once you have decided whether to buy a Single AutoCheck or Multiple AutoCheck, follow our simple steps to check the car of your dreams.

Step 1
Tell us the mileage at this point if you know it. An accurate mileage can help to highlight a mileage anomaly. Enter your email address and a memorable password of at least 6 characters.

Step 2
Buy your AutoCheck with your credit or debit card. If you have a promotion code which may entitle you to a discount, please enter it at this stage and verify it to ensure you pay the correct amount. No refunds will be made for unclaimed discounts. Once you have paid for a Multiple AutoCheck, you may conduct up to a total of five (5) AutoCheck searches without paying a further fee but all five (5) AutoCheck searches must be used by you within sixty (60) days of the date when we confirmed receipt of your payment for the Multiple AutoCheck searches.

Step 3
You will get the results instantly if you have given us a registration plate. If you have any queries about data returned on your report, refer to our Useful Information pages or e-mail us at autocheck@uk.experian.com.

Step 4
Before you buy the vehicle, read our Buying Advice and print off the check list. An AutoCheck report can help you make an informed decision, but cannot protect you from every eventuality; by following our advice you will know some of the things to look out for.

Step 5
Confirm the VIN before you buy it. The VIN is unique to each vehicle and is one way of checking that its identity has not been changed fraudulently. It can be found on the V5C and in various places on the car itself. It is advisable to check the VIN in more than two places on the car. If you are unsure where to look, contact your local garage, they should be able to tell you.

Step 6
After you've bought the car, don't forget to return to the AutoCheck website to register your AutoCheck Insurance. This policy will cover you for specific financial loss due to the data supplied being incorrect or incomplete. If you have purchased a Multiple AutoCheck search, you may register one (1) of those searches for AutoCheck Insurance. Once you have registered the AutoCheck Insurance your Multiple AutoCheck will expire, and any unused checks will be lost. If you have purchased a Single AutoCheck search, you may register that AutoCheck search for AutoCheck Insurance.

You can return to the site at any time and log in using your e-mail address and password. Just click on “My AutoCheck” and you will be able to see all the checks you have already, or you can enter a registration plate on any screen to access further checks.

The results of the AutoCheck will appear on screen and will be stored under your login for a period of twenty seven (27) months following your AutoCheck search by clicking on the ”My AutoCheck” section of the AutoCheck website. After this period we may delete the relevant AutoCheck search results without liability to you. This means you will no longer be able to access those results unless you had previously downloaded or printed a copy.

If you have not completely used your Single or Multiple AutoCheck search, you can still purchase a second Single or Multiple AutoCheck search (up to a maximum of two Single or Multiple AutoCheck searches at any one time). The number of unused searches in your original Single or Multiple AutoCheck search and in the second Single or Multiple AutoCheck search will be combined. These combined searches can be used by you at any time within sixty (60) days of the date when we confirmed receipt of your payment for the second Single or Multiple AutoCheck search. 

We'll send you regular e-mails to help you along the way, but if you need any help you can refer to our Useful Information pages, and if the answer isn't there e-mail us at autocheck@uk.experian.com.

If you have paid for a Multiple AutoCheck you can check up to five (5) cars in this way by logging back into the AutoCheck website.

The Multiple AutoCheck will expire when you register the AutoCheck Insurance, use all five checks or sixty (60) days after purchase, whichever is the sooner.

When you want to buy more checks log in with your email address and password. You will need to re-enter your card details as we do not store them for security purposes.

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Help and advice

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