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Free Car History Check

1. Enter your reg number
2. We’ll check the history
3. You review the findings

Free Car Check

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To check your car history for free, enter your vehicle registration number on the side

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Car history check

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Other than a home, a car is probably going to be the most expensive investment that you ever make. It makes perfect sense, then, that you’d want to check out its history. At first glance, a car can look immaculate, but once you take a closer look, a whole variety of problems can present themselves.

That’s where our free car history checker becomes invaluable. BigWantsYourCar.com’s total car check also includes a free HPI check, so you can check that the car is free of any outstanding debt before you purchase it. After all, nobody wants the nasty surprise of having to pay for someone else’s debts.

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My best customer experience in a decade

"The customer attendant was so supportive and transaction was completed within the agreed time. It was the best service I have received in a decade. She is the best"

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From the very first phone call.…

"From the very first phone call the office, the valuation and kept fully informed at all times dealing with the rail strikes and prompt payment. All very polite and professional experience."

John Gartell


Excellent service, highly recommend

"Hi, Chelsea was Brillant best customer service and very polite, explained everything how it should be, and was there every step of the way, checked up on me before and after the process was done, id say the best service ive had, highly recommend, thank you Chelsea once again"

Amran hussain


Very helpful

"Unfortunately we had to sell my husband's vehicle back to BWYC due to unforseen circumstances. Conner was so kind and helpful,nothing was too much trouble for him. Thank you Conner Wright"

The Gavin Clan


Efficient and pleasant

"Efficient and pleasant , hassle- free process . Instructions were clear if photographs to be taken if the vehicle and required documents . Personnel were very pleasant and helpful."

Nigel L.


Great service

"A fuss free experience from beginning to end. Great service from Jess over the telephone and Steven collecting the car. Admin explained payment procedure clearly and payment made within 5 minutes. I will definitely recommend to family and friends."



Jodie was a superstar

"Jodie was a superstar! She handled every aspect of the car being collected and helped me out with everything. Really recommend the service these guys provide and would use them again moving forward!"

Dan Carpenter


I sold my Fiat 500C today

"I sold my Fiat 500C today and am very satisfied of the service they offered. Simon and Chelcie who checked and collected my car were very professional, polite and nice. It was a pleasure dealing with them and also with Ella who took care of the sale. Money arrived immediately on my bank account. Thanks again!"



Brilliant service

"Brilliant service. Was very surprised by the whole experience. Professional, Friendly, fast and very accommodating. Gave me the price they had guaranteed too. Luke, Cengiz and Sean were great."

Dean Thorpe


Hassle Free

"Big wants your car offer better rates than any other dealer. Quick, efficient and hassle free. Rob and Cengiz came to collect my car and were absolutely amazing. Both of them helped me with my queries and possess immense knowledge. I am glad to have done business with them."

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History cehck

Extensive free car checks for peace of mind

The free car history checks are your way of knowing the complete history of the car that you are considering purchasing. The last thing you want to do is to put a chunk of money down on a car only to find an irregularity further down the line. You could find out that you massively overpaid for it because it was written off at some point, or even worse, that the car doesn’t actually belong to you, it belongs to a finance company!

If you’re buying a car privately or even from a reputable dealership, we’d recommend that you get a total car check. For the couple of minutes that it takes to enter your car registration number above and get your free HPI check, you could be saving yourself from a potential disaster in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an HPI check?

HPI stands for Higher Purchase Investigation and is a report that looks into the history of a vehicle. An HPI check can reveal a wide variety of both potential issues and helpful information, some of which can affect the price of a car substantially, and some of which could lead to potential legal issues. A free HPI check report will include the following information:

  • Recorded as stolen
  • Insurance write-off
  • Outstanding Finance
  • Number of previous owners
  • Recorded as scrap
  • Logbook check
  • Mileage discrepancies
  • Number plate changes
  • Imported or exported
  • Market valuation
  • Estimated fuel costs
  • VIN/Chassis number check
  • MOT history

What information do I need for an HPI check?

The only information that you need to check out a vehicle’s history is the registration number. You don’t need the VIN number, the logbook or anything else. Try it yourself – enter your registration number in the box at the top of the page to see how easy it is!

How do you check if a car was in an accident?

An HPI check is a thorough look into the history of a car and, understandably, one of the things you’ll want to know is if the car has been in a crash or written off at any point in its life. Fortunately, this information is included as part of the HPI check

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