Vehicle criminals do Christmas too

Criminals do Christmas

Whilst our data shows that a small percentage of all cars checked with us are currently registered as stolen, UK car crime is actually on the increase.

In addition, it doesn’t get away from the fact that it causes a big problem for and can have a big effect on the average car owner and society in general.

Christmas and the holiday period is a prime opportunity for opportunist criminals to take advantage of motorists, but there are also highly organised criminals that operate around us every day.

Here are just some of the things it’s useful to be aware of:

Vehicle-related burglary
Did you know that a car stolen by breaking into a house and taking the keys is not recorded as vehicle crime?
Stay safe: make sure your keys are not in view, do not leave them close to doors or windows or in easy reach.

Vehicle-related fraud
Again, this is not classed as vehicle crime, but affects cars buyers, particularly in the used car market.
Stay safe: Research the car dealer, ask lots of questions about the private seller and the car they’re selling and always make sure to carry out a vehicle check to make sure that the car you’re buying matches all the paperwork.

Vehicle clocking
Whilst this isn’t theft, it certainly enables unscrupulous criminals to steal your money by conning you.
Stay safe: Check all the paperwork that comes with the car and always carry out a vehicle check, paying particular notice to the recorded mileages and the MOT mileages.

Vehicle slaughtering
The spare parts market is big business. The problem is, the parts sold may not be spare, they may be missing from your car.
Stay safe: When buying spare parts for your car, make sure you use a reputable parts dealer and if in doubt check all the identity tags for any evidence of tampering.

It’s not just high-end cars
Criminals, given the opportunity, will steal anything of value. In addition, the vehicle might be stolen in order to carry out another crime.
Stay safe: Always lock your car when you park it up and use any other security device the car is fitted with, such as an alarm or wheel lock. When entering exiting your car, be vigilant about where you are and who is around, particularly in dark hours.

Read more about vehicle crime at IAATI UK’s website.


It’s easy to get a Vehicle Factsheet to check mileages for any vehicle, simply enter the reg on our homepage or in our app and select the “Vehicle Factsheet” option. From there you can easily go on to complete a full vehicle check to see if the vehicle is stolen.

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Free Vehicle Factsheet Competiton


Download your free Vehicle Factsheet for your chance to win!

In the run-up to Christmas we want to reward our existing customers by giving you the chance to win an Amazon tech bundle or £50 in high street vouchers.

It couldn’t be simpler to enter. Try out our new, free Vehicle Factsheet, which includes basic vehicle information, MOT status and history, tax status, mileages and valuation. It’s perfect for cutting down your used car shortlist. You’ll then be sent the link to enter the competition.

You could win an Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ AND a Amazon Fire TV Stick

By Christmas day you could be surfing the web, reading a Kindle book, catching up on the latest episode of The Grand Tour or watching the latest films on Netflix.

Alternatively you could bag yourself £50 in high street vouchers

You’ll be ready for the post-Christmas sales with £50 of high street vouchers in your back pocket. They are accepted in a huge range of high street stores, so bag a bargain on us!



By entering this competition you are accepting these terms and conditions.

  • This competition opens at 12pm 30th November 2016 and closes at midnight on 11th December 2016 and the draw will be made on 12th December 2016.
  • The prize: One Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ and one Kindle Fire TV Stick; OR £50 in Love2Shop vouchers.
  • To enter: All customers who download a Free Vehicle Factsheet before the closing date will be sent a link to the competition page.
  • On the competition page we will ask a simple question and ask you to confirm your contact details.
  • The winner: The first valid email address drawn at random from all qualifying entries who answered the question correctly.
  • Winners will be notified within 28 days of the draw taking place. If the winner cannot be contacted within 7 days, an alternative winner may be chosen. All decisions by My Car Check are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • There are no cash alternatives to the prizes.
  • A list of winners’ names is available on written request from My Car Check, Strata House, King’s Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are not properly received due to issues beyond our control.
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Start your car check with a FREE Vehicle Factsheet

Free Car Check Competition

My Car Check have launched a brand new, FREE Vehicle Factsheet that allows you to check the MOT status & history, tax status, recorded mileages and valuation of a vehicle, in addition to showing you some basic specification data.

The Vehicle Factsheet has been created to assist car buyers at the very early stages of searching for a used car, when you may have lots of vehicles on your shortlist and not yet ready to choose the car you’re likely to buy.

The Vehicle Factsheet will give you some basic, but crucial information to weed out a large number of cars early on, before you then go on to upgrade your Vehicle Factsheet to a comprehensive vehicle check such as the Gold and Platinum checks that My Car Check offer.

Remember, always check the paperwork of any cars you are interested in buying and always carry out a comprehensive vehicle check before agreeing to buy it.

It’s easy to get a Vehicle Factsheet for any vehicle, simply enter the reg on our homepage or in our app and select the “Vehicle Factsheet” option.

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The scariest vehicle in the UK! Ford Fiesta most likely to have all three major warnings


To celebrate Hallowe’en we’ve interrogated our data to identify the scariest of cars, the vehicles that will send shivers down the spines of used cars buyers across the land: cars with all three serious warnings!

The Ford Feista Zetec, the most searched car on is also the car most likely to have the terrible trio – write-off, stolen and financed. Slightly less haunting, but still lingering down the darkest alleys are the Vauxhall Astra SRI, Ford Fiesta Zetec S, Honda Jazz SE CVT and the Ford Focus Zetec.

Remember, always check the paperwork of any cars you are interested in buying and always carry out a comprehensive vehicle check before agreeing to buy it.

Vehicles most likely to have ALL THREE serious warnings

  Make & Model Write off % Finance % Stolen %
1 Ford Fiesta Zetec 27.76% 10.88% 0.32%
2 Vauxhall Astra SRI 16.02% 15.05% 0.49%
3 Ford Fiesta Zetec S 21.20% 8.29% 0.46%
4 Honda Jazz SE CVT 25.21% 0.84% 1.68%
5 Ford Focus Zetec 14.48% 4.98% 0.45%

Source: (models with min 100 checks 1 Jan – 30 Sep 2016)

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We reveal the top vehicle write-off cities in the UK

Top UK cities for write-offs

A recent analysis of all vehicle checks carried out on over the last 12 months has shown the cities in the UK most likely to have written off cars for sale.

London came out top as the city most likely to find a written off car, with 24.74% of all cars checked being written off. At the other end of the scale, the big city you are least likely to find a written off car is Glasgow, where only 13.67% of cars checked being written off.

The most common car to be written off in the UK’s biggest cities is the Ford Fiesta, where it tops the table in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cardiff.

Most written off cars - My Car Check

Biggest cities in the UK with write-off cars - My Car Check

Above: a handy infographic showing more data from the analysis.

Birmingham’s most written off cars:
Birmingham's most written off cars - My Car Check

Bristol’s most written off cars:
Bristol's most written off cars - My Car Check

London’s most written off cars:
London's most written off cars - My Car Check

Manchester’s most written off cars:
Manchester's most written off cars - My Car Check

Sheffield’s most written off cars:
Sheffield's most written off cars - My Car Check

Don’t forget, buying a used vehicle without first carrying out a check is taking a huge risk. Never buy a used car vehicle without checking its history first by downloading our app (available on iOS or Android devices), texting the reg to 83600 or visiting

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