Your free car check

Carcheck123 provides you with a wealth of information about any UK vehicle. Just enter a reg number and enjoy access to a detailed timeline of your car’s history, a full MOT and road tax report, and an estimation of running costs

How our free car history check works

How it works

Just one click away from your vehicle’s complete history.
The most comprehensive free car check in the UK.
Completely free and unlimited. No sign up required.

We know your car's history

Never buy a car without having the full history. With our free car check we’ll dip into the history of any vehicle to provide you with a comprehensive report. Find out the MOT history of your next used car before you hand over the money.

Know the true cost of your car

Eliminate the guess work with an in-depth running cost estimator, included with our free car check. Get a detailed estimate of how much it will cost to run your vehicle, so you can make an informed decision about what to buy.

Stay safe. Avoid fines and penalties

Keep your vehicle road legal with Carcheck123. Don’t let a small fine turn into a big problem. With an easy, free service that takes moments to use, you can be more confident that your car is safe to drive on the roads. We provide you with a full car MOT status and history, along with a road tax check for peace of mind.

As easy as 123

The best part? No email, sign up, or credit card required! Just enter your car's reg and that's all you'll need to get a full car MOT status and timeline along with a road tax check. No more wasted time



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What are the experts saying?

Why everyone should check their car before buying

Even if you’re a savvy car buyer who performs your own research and is extremely cautious about the used car you are planning to buy, things can still go wrong.

You might fail to uncover some hidden costs or paperwork related to the car, or perhaps you didn’t check for any outstanding mechanical issues with the vehicle that could lead to dire future consequences. It happens more often than you think.

Research has shown that almost one-fifth of used cars have undisclosed issues that make them unsafe to drive. For this reason, most experts recommend that UK citizens should carry out some form of DVLA car check or reg check.

Fortunately, we can do this for you. All you need to do is type in your car’s registration number into our free car check and you can avoid these potential pitfalls when buying a used car. Nobody wants an unreliable vehicle that ends up costing much more than you bargained for.

What you should check before buying

You can use a car reg check to find out if the car has been listed as stolen, if there are any outstanding fines, liens, or recalls associated with the car, or if the car’s title history shows any issues.

A car reg check can also tell you if the car is still under warranty or if the current owner has made any modifications to the car that could affect its value. A car reg check can help you avoid unpleasant surprises and false starts, especially if you are planning to buy a used car that you don’t plan on driving right away.

Using our free car check you can get a detailed picture of the car’s history with our car history timeline, in addition to a full MOT and road tax status report. For detailed financial and past accident information have a look at our basic and comprehensive checks.

What you should expect to pay in running costs

In addition to upfront costs, running costs should have a significant bearing on your purchase decisions. You'll need to factor in things like insurance, maintenance, fuel, and other associated costs such as emissions zone charges.

On average, a car costs £3,000 per year to run in the UK, with between £200 and £300 spent each month on running costs. Fuel costs can add up quickly, with drivers spending an average of £1400 a year on fuel alone.

Maintenance is another costly factor, with drivers spending an average of £300 per year repairing and maintaining their vehicle. Insurance costs can vary dramatically, especially for used cars, with the average car costing £500 a year to insure.

Any unforeseen issues can lead to this value skyrocketing. Included with our free car check, our running cost estimator can provide you with accurate predictions of these costs, so you’re not left with any nasty surprises after purchasing your vehicle.

Additionally, we’ll cross reference your vehicle’s information with the requirements of all emissions charging zones in the UK, so we can tell you exactly how much you can expect to pay in emissions charges.

Need anything else?

Have a look at our basic and comprehensive checks to find out additional information about your vehicle, including detailed car specification sheets, extensive financial and accident checks, and vehicle and engine verification numbers.

About us

At Carcheck123 we strive to be to be the ultimate source for car history data. We continue to strive to provide you with peace of mind about your current vehicle, or the vehicle you are looking at purchasing.
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