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


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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.

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DOES THE COLOUR OF YOUR CAR REALLY MATTER SO MUCH?


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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

 


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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?

 


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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.

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My Car Check’s Most Checked Manufacturers of 2016

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A new report by mycarcheck.com, Making Better Used Car Choices, reveals the different risks associated with buying vehicles from its top 20 most searched manufacturers in 2016.

MyCarCheck.coms Top 20 manufacturers 2016:

  Make Warnings Write-off Finance Stolen
1 Ford 37.25% 19.21% 9.13% 0.70%
2 Vauxhall 37.90% 19.99% 10.96% 0.48%
3 Volkswagen 37.94% 15.82% 8.73% 0.55%
4 BMW 58.01% 17.88% 12.69% 1.25%
5 Audi 53.08% 15.92% 13.98% 1.02%
6 Mercedes 57.18% 16.69% 13.43% 1.54%
7 Peugeot 34.02% 18.81% 6.90% 0.38%
8 Honda 42.23% 21.65% 4.89% 1.18%
9 Renault 34.77% 18.59% 8.07% 0.42%
10 Toyota 37.26% 17.14% 6.75% 0.53%
11 Nissan 44.71% 18.61% 12.07% 0.39%
12 Citroen 33.31% 17.77% 9.16% 0.23%
13 Fiat 34.17% 17.57% 7.67% 0.18%
14 Land Rover 62.81% 12.70% 12.07% 2.07%
15 Mini 51.88% 18.28% 8.06% 1.22%
16 Seat 40.98% 18.69% 11.07% 0.28%
17 Suzuki 37.03% 19.09% 5.52% 1.33%
18 Mazda 44.14% 15.34% 9.36% 0.72%
18 Yamaha 37.68% 17.10% 6.92% 3.55%
20 Volvo 43.54% 15.34% 8.88% 0.37%

Most likely to have a warning:

Land Rover had the highest percentage of warnings, with 62.8% of all Land Rover vehicles checked returning at least one serious or advisory warning, compared to an average of 43%.

Most likely to be written off:

Honda had the highest percentage of write-off warnings, with 21.65% of all Honda vehicles checked returning a write-off warning, compared to an average of 17.61%.

Most likely to have outstanding finance:

Audi had the highest percentage of finance warnings, with 13.9% of all Audi vehicles checked returning a finance warning, compared to an average of 9.32%.

Most likely to be stolen:

Yamaha, a new entry in the top 20, had the highest percentage of stolen warnings, with 3.55% of all Yamaha motorcycles checked returning a stolen warning, compared to an average of 0.92%.

 

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.

43% of vehicles searched on My Car Check in 2016 had at least one warning

My Car Check 2016 Report - Vehicle check data insight Last year, to celebrate My Car Check’s tenth birthday we took the opportunity to reveal some interesting and helpful facts and information about the car checks that took place during 2015. This year is no exception, we have released an updated report to cover all checks carried out during 2016.

Here’s a few highlights taken from our report, which can be downloaded in full for FREE here: My Car Check Vehicle Check Insight Report 2016.

  • 43.2% of vehicles searched in 2016 had at least one warning against them
  • Top three warnings: plate transfer (39.1%), write-off (33.6%), finance (18.1%)
  • The average value of used vehicles searched in 2016 was £8,125
  • Top three searched manufacturers: Ford (11.7%), Vauxhall (10.3%), Volkswagen (9.2%)
  • Top three models: Ford Fiesta Zetec, Mini Cooper, Vauxhall Corsa SXi
  • 34.9% of My Car Check customers prefer to buy privately, rather than from dealers
  • 46.5% of My Car Check customers buy a used car every three years or longer

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.

Text Check Survey – Win an Amazon Fire Tablet 7″

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Simply complete our 5 minute survey to have a chance!

We are running a short survey to learn more about what you, our customers think about the text check service we offer. We’ll use the information to improve it so you continue to get a great service.

As a reward for completing the survey you will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon 7″ Fire Tablet.

Complete our survey for your chance to win an Amazon 7″ Fire Tablet !
The 7″ Fire Tablet  from Amazon is a great way to read ebooks, browse the web and use apps from the Amazon Web Store!
Complete our survey for your chance to win!

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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

  • This competition closes at midnight on 26th March 2017 and the draws will be made on 26th March 2017 and the winner contacted within 28 days.
  • The prizes: One Amazon Fire Tablet 7″ 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 free 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.
  • There are no cash alternatives to the prizes.
  • A list of winners’ names is available on written request from My Car Check, Strata House, Kings Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD.
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Win an Amazon Fire Tablet 7″, £50 High Street Voucher or an Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Would you like to win all three? Simply complete each of the three 5 minute surveys to have a chance!

We are running three short surveys to learn more about what you, our customers think about the used car buying process and the vehicle checks we offer.

For each survey you complete, you will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon 7″ Fire Tablet, £50 in high street vouchers or an Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Complete Survey One for your chance to win an Amazon 7″ Fire Tablet !
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COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

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  • This competition closes at midnight on 12th February 2017 and the draws will be made on 13th February 2017 and the winners contacted within 28 days.
  • The prizes: One Amazon Fire Tablet 7″ for the winner drawn from valid entries after the completion of Survey One. One £50 Love2Shop Voucher for the winner drawn from valid entries after the completion of Survey Two. One Amazon Fire TV Stick for the winner drawn from valid entries after the completion of Survey Three.
  • All qualifying entrants who complete each survey and provide their name and contact details will be placed in three separate free prize draws. 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, Kings Reach Road, Stockport, SK4 2HD.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries which are not properly received due to communications beyond our control.
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