How can I check the history of a car?

I am interested in buying a used car but would like to know some of its past life, like how many owners, accidents, could it be repossessed or finance owed on it?

Asked on 15 February 2019 by Dragon 999

Answered by Dan Powell
You can get a surprising amount of information on the background of a car for free with the registration details, including its MoT history, mileage and whether it has road tax:

Car history checks will cost money and tell you if the vehicle has any outstanding finance or any markers for being written-off or stolen. You can also fill in a V888 request form and send it to the DVLA to get the registered keeper’s details and those of previous owners.
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