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We are running a short survey to learn more about what you think about the vehicle checks we offer.

You will be entered into a prize draw to win one of an Amazon Echo Dot, an Amazon 7″ Fire Tablet, £50 in high street vouchers or an Amazon Fire TV Stick. You choose which prize you want if you win!

Complete the survey for your chance to win! – Enter here now

 

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  • This competition closes at midnight on 17th September 2017 and the draw will be made on 18th September 2017 and the winner contacted within 28 days.
  • The prizes on offer: The choice of one Amazon Fire Tablet 7″ OR one £50 Love2Shop Voucher OR one Amazon Fire TV Stick OR one Amazon Echo Dot, for the winner drawn from valid entries after the completion of the survey.
  • All qualifying entrants who complete the survey and provide their name and contact details will be placed in the prize draw. The winner 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.
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August 2017 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

UK roundabout

You can be fined for moving out of the way of an ambulance

Motorists are being encouraged to learn what the law says about moving out of the way of an emergency vehicle – so as to avoid breaking the law and landing a hefty fine.
Express

Worst roundabout in Britain?

Multiple crashes at ‘lethal’ roundabout cause concern where “at least ten vehicles have had accidents within less than 48 hours of this new junction opening”.
Telegraph

The new ’67’ car registration numbers axed by the DVLA

Here are new UK number plates the DVLA has deemed too silly, rude or offensive and banned from use.
Auto Express

Ford Fiesta Zetec, UK’s most popular used car


2017-vehicle-check-reportFord Fiesta Zetec


Our new vehicle check data from the last 6 months, shows some key information on the three most searched models in the first half of 2017: 1) Ford Fiesta Zetec, 2) Mini Cooper, 3) VW Golf GTI.

  Table 1: Most searched models 1 Jan – 30 Jun 2017

% write-off % finance avg value
Ford Fiesta Zetec 30.60% 15.17%  £993
Mini Cooper 17.16% 4.29% £4,554
VW Golf GTI 20.69% 9.36% £4,211

 

Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns mycarcheck.com, said: “Ford Fiesta Zetec retained its title as our most searched model, followed, as in 2016, by the Mini Cooper. VW’s Golf GTI nudged the Vauxhall Corsa SXI down to fourth to reclaim the third place it held in 2015.

“Second hand car buyers should note that serious warnings have risen again, to 30.8% of all checks in the first six months of 2017. The top 20 makes averages are now 18.15% for write off, 10.12% for outstanding finance and 0.89% for stolen.

“Check before you buy to confirm that the one you’re looking at has a clear history and a Fiesta Zetec should deliver fantastic value for money – that’s why it remains the UK’s most popular used car.”

My Car Check information is provided from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, we hold comprehensive data on every vehicle in the UK – things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer.

Bad news for Corsa as used car warnings soar again


2017-vehicle-check-reportVehicle check warnings 2017 so far


Our new data from the last 6 months, shows some serious warnings. Which includes (write-off, finance and stolen) have risen by 30.8% of all checks in the first six months of 2017.  year on year this has increased,  it was 25.6% in 2015 which then went up to 28.5% in 2016.

The Citroen C1 Vtr was the highest risk of our 100 most-searched models for write-off, the Corsa Sxi AC for finance and the Ford Fiesta Titanium for stolen.

Table 1: Highest risk for write-off

1 Citroen C1 Vtr (50.9%)
2 Vauxhall Corsa Sxi Ac (49.1%)
3 Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition (48.7%)


Table
2: Highest risk for finance

1 Vauxhall Corsa Sxi Ac (29.1%)
2 Land Rover Range Rover Sp Hse Tdv6 A (28.6%)
3 Vauxhall Corsa Se (26.4%)

 

Table 3: Highest risk for stolen

1 Ford Fiesta Titanium (10.8%)
2 Vauxhall Corsa Vxr Turbo (9.3%)
3 Ford Focus Rs (7.1%)

Mark Bailey, Head of CDL Vehicle Information Systems, which owns mycarcheck.com, said: “These new figures show the risks associated with the UK’s most popular used vehicles and why it is so important to check before you buy. Given its unwanted appearances at the top of our write-off, finance and stolen charts, secondhand Corsa buyers in particular need to know what they’re getting into.”

July 2017 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Driving Licence

Your driving licence has THIS hidden code and it could land you with a HUGE fine

Secret codes found on the back of your driving licence could land you with huge fines and penalty points.
Express

Volkswagen to issue alert over handbrakes on 134,000 of its cars

The German car maker says a possible fault could result in the “auto hold function” not working.
MSN

Why don’t the British like automatic transmissions?

In the UK we almost all learn to drive a manual car and we almost all buy a manual car. Why do we not the most comfortable option?
Honest John

Five most popular used car makes, have no guarantee of a clear history


2017-vehicle-check-reportOutstanding finance


New data from My Car Check shows that, even though the car has an expensive price tag, there is no guarantee the vehicle will have a clean history. Compared to Ford, BMW had a 21% more chance of a risk warning, and second was Audi with a 16% chance of warning compared to Ford.

Below is the table, which shows the top five UK car make modes with high percentage of risk warning:

Most-checked makes Top 3 models Average value % with warning
  • Ford
  • Fiesta Zetec
  • Fiesta Zetec Climate
  • Fiesta Style
£4,442 37%
  • Vauxhall
  • Corsa SXI
  • Astra SXI
  • Corsa SXI A/C
£4,761 38%
  • VW
  • Golf GT TDI
  • Golf GTI
  • Golf S
£7,252 38%
  • BMW
  • M3
  • 320D SE
  • 118D M Sport
£15,358 58%
  • Audi
  • A3 Sport TDI
  • TT Quattro 225
  • A3 SE TDI
£12,247 53%

Gavin Amos, head of valuation services at mycarcheck.com, says: “People presume that more expensive cars must be a safer bet, but our data busts this myth. They can actually be much higher risk, for example, for outstanding finance or plate transfer. Whether you’re spending a few hundred pounds or tens of thousands, investing a tiny percentage of that to check if it is stolen, previously written-off or has debt against it is surely a no-brainer?”

My Car Check has two categories of warning: serious and advisory. 28.5% of all vehicles checked on mycarcheck.com in 2016 had at least one serious warning against them. This is up from 25.6% in 2015. 23.8% of all vehicles checked on mycarcheck.com in 2016 had at least one advisory warning against them. This is down from 30.8% in 2015.

Download the full report for FREE here: My Car Check Vehicle Check Insight Report 2016.

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 mycarcheck.com.

May 2017 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Police car

Driver WARNING – You can be fined for moving out of the way of an ambulance, here’s why

Not many other things make you panic more while driving than the roaring sirens of an emergency service vehicle approaching.
Express

Speeding fines 2017 – Does the 10 per cent allowance rule ACTUALLY exist?

There is a common car myth which says that you can travel 10 per cent over the speed limit without receiving a fine – but does it actually exist?
Express

Motorists warned to update satnavs NOW – or risk a £1,000 penalty fine

With higher speeding penalties coming into effect today in England and Wales, failing to update your satnav could land you a pretty huge speeding fine
Mirror

DOES THE COLOUR OF YOUR CAR REALLY MATTER SO MUCH?


2017-vehicle-check-reportTwo tone cars most likely to be stole


At My Car Check, we know only too well how exciting it can be buying that new or used car in your favourite colour. We also know how many hours you have probably spent agonising over the right colour choice for you new car and whether or not the colour you have finally decided on is the right one.

Well thankfully – mycarcheck.com has a small amount of useful advice.

Before driving off in your new car – there are one or two factors that that you need to consider.

Recent research has show that birds are more likely to deposit their droppings on red, blue and black cars – over their white, grey, silver and green counterparts.  And If you are planning on reselling your car after two or three years of ownership – then you might want to consider getting a white one, because believe it or not – the actual colour of the vehicle you choose will reflect on its resale value later on when it’s time to upgrade.

We could of course look at this in a statistical sort of way by using buying or searching trends. For instance, the top five vehicle colours of 2016 were; Black, Silver, White, Blue and Grey.

There is more too; data shows that actually the most popular colour across the colour scale is Black – with 22.68% of people searching for a new or used car in that particular colour. Next up was Sliver with; 20.93% followed closely by Blue at 16.89%.

So, as you can see not many people searched for a car based on Brown, Cream or Red – so what does this tell us? Well really nothing, apart from if you have a Brown car it is less likely to sell than say a Black one.

Recent figures released from The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders, shows us that White was the most popular colour for new cars for the fourth year running – followed by Black, Grey and Blue, all of which show a marginal increase. Interestingly though Grey had the most at 13%.

There was also some data from the same organisation that showed Multi-coloured cars were more likely to be written off or stolen, with White & Black showing (21.2% of those checked) followed by Black & Silver at (5.5% of those checked) So all round having a car multi-coloured is not such a good idea after all.

Whatever colour of car you choose to buy, you can rely on Mycarcheck.com to give you the latest up to date information on colour trends and what’s hot – and what’s not so hot when it comes to buying a new or used car.

Remember; the colour you choose now does not guarantee it will be a winner when you come to sell it on – but what this information does show us all is that certain colour trends do have an impact on sales. The more popular colour car you have – means the more likely you are to sell it – whereas the same information has shown us that some colours have a very unhappy trend.

The next time you are considering buying a new or used car you might want to ask mycarcheck.com

what’s trending in the market place before you decide to buy.

Download the full report for FREE here: My Car Check Vehicle Check Insight Report 2016.

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 mycarcheck.com.

Top 3 Models Revealed with Finance, Write-Off and Stolen Risk Warnings

 


2017-vehicle-check-report


Millions of people all over the world right now are buying a used car that has some sort of history surrounding it. Buying a used car these days can be a dangerous business unless you follow a simple set of rules that will help you purchase that perfect vehicle.

Top 3 Models with warnings:

  Write-off Finance Stolen
Ford Fiesta Zetec 30.22% 13.39% 0.98%
Mini Cooper 18.26% 3.75% 0.00%
Vauxhall Corsa Sxi 24.88% 8.53% 0.00%
Top 20 makes average 17.61% 9.32% 0.92%
  • Always insist on viewing the vehicle before you buy. There are lots of internet auction sites where you can pick up a bargain and buy a car online. Can you imagine turning up to pick up what you thought was a running Ferrari to find out that actually what you have bought was a box of bits because the seller neglected to tell you that the car was actually in pieces. Another thing that people are willing to do – is sell you a car online with no paperwork – make sure you confirm it has all its relevant paperwork so that you can get a vehicle history check done by My Car Check before you buy.
  • Look for historical damage – look around the car for any signs of accidental damage. Check under the bonnet to see for there are any crease marks in the chassis or signs of fresh paintwork. Also check the boot floor for any signs of a rear impact. Freshly replaced bumpers and body panels are a good place to start, just as looking for any sign of crash repairs. Also check door gaps and panel alignment as this in the past has shown to be a good sign if a car has had some major repair work undertaken during its life.
  • Check the mileage and service history of the vehicle. Get a history check to see if the car has had any recalls undertaken and if so, what sort of recall was it. Servicing is important – but can be expensive for the owner to do at regular intervals – so many people will skip the odd one to save money – but in the long run it will cost you when things go wrong. Buying a car with 100,000miles on the speedo and service history for only 40,000miles will not do because this means that some parts of a major service have been missed and this will affect its value and reliability – which needs to be taken into account when you buy.
  • Get a vehicle report undertaken by mycarcheck.com before you buy from a well know company. A vehicle history report is a service that offers a full vehicle history report related to any VIN number or registration. This report will help you to find out if a used vehicle you are looking to buy has ever been in a major accident or written off. The report will also check service reports, vehicle recall data and sometimes for an additional fee – you can have additional data like; a full salvage check, Book Valuation to see if what you are paying is actually what the cars is worth and to see if there is any outstanding finance on it.

Final Thought: We all want to drive round in the safest car possible and have many years of trouble free motoring – So, it makes perfect sense to do your homework before you spend all your hard earned cash on that car of your dreams.

Download the full report for FREE here: My Car Check Vehicle Check Insight Report 2016.

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 mycarcheck.com.

Customer survey data – How often do people buy?

 


2017-vehicle-check-reportCar Dealers


A new report by mycarcheck.com, Making Better Used Car Choices, reveals customer survey data, showing how often people buy.

 My Car Check customer survey data results

Between 7th and 13th February 2017, My Car Check carried out a survey of 1289 customers to gather their views on used car buying and vehicle provenance checks.

How frequently do you buy a used vehicle?

My Car Check used car report showed that a high proportion of people only like to change their vehicle every three years or longer.

  • 46.5% every three years or longer
  • 24.4 at least every three years
  • 18.1% at least every two years
  • 6.3% at least every year
  • 4.5% more than one per year

Where do you prefer to buy used vehicles from?

Below you can see the results collected by My Car Check, which shows where most people prefer to buy their vehicle from.

The two main places were private sellers and independent retailers. One reason for this could be that buyers may get better deals and have more room for negotiation, when purchasing from private sellers or independent retailers.

But having said that, the trade has taken this market share from private sellers, down to 34.9% from 48% the previous year, with independent retailers unchanged.

  • 34.9% private sellers
  • 33.4% independent vehicle retailers
  • 26.8% main dealer or supermarkets
  • 2.4% auctions
  • 2.2% other

Download the full report for FREE here: My Car Check Vehicle Check Insight Report 2016.

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 mycarcheck.com.