Check the MOT status and history of any vehicle with My Car Check

View vehicle MOT history at MyCarCheck.com

Customers are now able to view the MOT status and MOT history of any vehicle when carrying out a vehicle check with My Car Check. This means you are able to check if the vehicle has a valid MOT certificate and when it expires. In addition, the MOT history details will highlight any previous MOT failures, plus any advisories previous MOT tests have highlighted. This may highlight some of the work that may have been carried out to satisfy an MOT pass and any common issues the vehicle has faced previously.

Additionally, we are also able to show you the current tax status of the vehicle too. This means you can check if the vehicle is currently on or off road and when the existing tax is due to expire. It is important to note that if you were to buy the vehicle after carrying out a vehicle check, you as the new owner would be responsible for taxing the vehicle and any existing tax applied by the previous owner would not carry over.

 

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.

Women most concerned about sale price and fuel efficiency when buying a used car

Vehicle checks at MyCarCheck.com

Men are more confident about their driving ability and women are more concerned about long-term costs of a used car.

Just some of the interesting differences a recent survey carried out by My Car Check highlighted. When we asked over 500 mycarcheck.com customers we wanted to know what made men and women drivers tick, particularly when they were looking to buy a used car.

We found that women felt most uncomfortable when inspecting the car, whereas men least liked negotiating the price. What united the two were the fact that the price of the vehicle was the most important aspect, however men went for looks, where women went for running costs as the next most important factor.

When it came to opinions of driving ability, men thought they were “good” in a much higher proportion than women, whereas women considered themselves to be “competent” more often.

Also interesting was how young men viewed their own abilities vs that of other drivers. Young men considered themselves to be good, experienced drivers, whereas older women and men both agree that young men are the worst drivers. Young men felt that they were “equally scared” by all types of drivers!

“On the scariest aspect of car buying, again, there was a clear difference according to gender. Women worried most about inspecting the vehicle, while men worried most about the price negotiation. The fact is the average buyer, male or female, won’t buy a car very often and won’t have great technical knowledge.”

 

The difference between men and women drivers - My Car Check

Above: a handy infographic showing more data from the same survey.

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.

July 2016 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Man looking at a smoking engine in his car

 

You might be left stranded!

Millions of drivers face the risk of being left at the side of the road if their cars break down.Telegraph – concern that staff at some recovery operators employed by one of the UK’s largest networks are refusing to attend call-outs.

 

A lack of respect

Drivers no longer slow down to show their respect to funeral cortèges, according to a survey of funeral directors. Telegraph – drivers no longer slow down to respect the dead.

 

Clocking up the miles: illegally

A proposed EU ban on companies who provide mileage “correction” for cars should be retained by the UK. BBC News – Quite rightly, “clockers” should be brought before the law.

Men vs women: Customer Survey Competition

july-competition

Simply complete our 5 minute survey to have a chance!

Complete our survey for your chance to win!

We are running a short survey to learn more about how you, our customers, feel about the car buying journey. But there’s a twist….

We want to understand the differences between men and women, or learn that actually, they are very much the same.

By completing our survey you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire 7″ or £50 in High Street Vouchers.

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 midday on 22nd July 2016 and the draws will be made on 22nd July 2016 and the winners contacted within 28 days.
  • The prize: One Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ for the first name drawn from valid entries after the completion of the survey and £50 in Love2Shop vouchers for the second name 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. 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.
  • The competition is not open to anyone associated with My Car Check or any associated companies.
  • 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 communications beyond our control.
  • Subscribing to our newsletter is voluntary and you can opt out at any time.

23% of all motorcycles, scooters and mopeds have at least one serious warning

Motorcycle checks at My Car CheckAnalysis of used motorcycle registration searches during June 2015 to May 2016 has shown that 23% have at least one serious warning 17.7% of motorcycles are written off, 4.9% have outstanding finance and 0.6% have been stolen. In comparison to cars, motorcycles are less likely to have a warning, but only slightly.

The models most likely to be written off, have outstanding finance or be stolen are:

  Most Written Off Model Write-off %
1 Triumph Spirit ST 1050 47.83%
2 Honda CBF 125 M-D 45.45%
3 Honda WW 125-D 36.36%
  Most Outstanding Finance Model Outstanding Finance %
1 Yamaha MR 125 X 21.05%
2 Yamaha YZF R1 09 18.18%
3 Triumph Spirit ST 1050 17.39%
  Most Stolen Model Stolen %
1 Yamaha NXC125 Cygnus 8.57%
2 Honda WW 125-D 4.55%
3 Honda CBF 125 M-A 3.70%

Source: My Car Check (models with minimum 20 checks between June 2015 and May 2016)

 

The riskiest motorcycles to buy in the UK - My Car Check

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

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.

June 2016 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Car tax

 

Tax disc deficit

Vehicle excise duty collected fell by £200m in the six months following the abolition of paper tax discs.Express – Government loses £200 MILLION in SIX MONTHS after scrapping paper tax discs

 

Worst MOT pass locations

The 10 places with the worst MoT test failure rates and the 10 places where cars are more likely to pass. Telegraph – Where in Britain do most cars fail their MoT test?

 

It’s the wrong fuel bobby!

Police forces that spent the most money fixing wrongly fuelled vehicles revealed; and how to avoid following suit. Telegraph – £400K To Fix Patrol Cars Police Filled With Wrong Fuel

Customer Survey Competition

june-competition

Simply complete our 5 minute survey to have a chance!

Complete our survey for your chance to win!

We are running a short surveys to learn more about what you, our customers think about the used car buying process.

For each survey you complete, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a Kindle Fire 7″ or £50 in High Street Vouchers.

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 30th June 2016 and the draws will be made on 1st July 2016 and the winners contacted within 28 days.
  • The prize: One Amazon Kindle Fire 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 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.
  • The competition is not open to anyone associated with My Car Check or any associated companies.
  • 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 communications beyond our control.
  • Subscribing to our newsletter is voluntary and you can opt out at any time.

Vauxhall Corsa is worst offender for combined write-off and finance warnings

Analysis of used car registration searches during April 2015 to May 2016 has shown that the Vauxhall Corsa is most likely to have both a write-off and an outstanding finance marker on it. The Corsa SXI AC was the riskiest overall, with 6.25% of those checked having both these serious warnings and 58.47% having at least one warning. Their average value was £7,348.

Completing the top ten are:

  Model Write-off % Finance % Both %
1 Vauxhall Corsa SXI AC 39.29% 21.43% 6.25%
2 BMW X5 D Sport Auto 25.64% 10.26% 5.98%
3 Vauxhall Corsa S Ecoflex 26.73% 25.74% 4.95%
4 BMW 520d M Sport 20.87% 20.00% 4.35%
5 Vauxhall Corsa Limited Edition 44.83% 27.59% 4.31%
6 Yamaha Yzf R125 26.62% 14.94% 3.90%
7 Audi A3 S Line Tdi 22.58% 22.58% 3.23%
8 Ford Focus Zetec Tdci 15.74% 16.75% 3.05%
9 Peugeot 206 Sport 26.47% 6.86% 2.94%
10 Volkswagen Golf R32 20.35% 8.72% 2.91%

Source: My Car Check (models with minimum 100 checks between May 2015 and April 2016)

 

The riskiest makes and models to buy in the UK - My Car Check

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

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 2016 – News round-up – The best of our social posts

Man looking at a smoking engine in his car

 

Forget the stereotype, apparently it’s wrong!

Not one German manufacturer in the top 10 most reliable cars. Express – German cars: not as reliable as you might think

 

Everybody needs good (parking) neighbours!

How annoying and frustrating this must be? Have you ever had parking issues where you live? Telegraph – Man documents three-year parking war with pictures showing his driveway blocked almost every day

 

This is a little tricky, but if you look for long enough you might just see it (or not)!

“Dramatic” changes to a classic road sign. Telegraph – Spot the difference as iconic road sign is updated

Selling a used Motorcycle – Top Tips

Biker holding helmet with motorcycle on sunset.Wash and Polish
It goes without saying that the more looked after a bike is the better chance it has of selling. Give it a good wash and polish, lubricate and adjust the chain. Take a few good quality photographs. Show close-ups of the good bits.
Advert Wording
List as many of the bike’s details as possible. Year of manufacture, model derivative, mileage, service history, and MOT renewal date. If you leave something out than it just leaves a level of uncertainty for anyone looking at similar adverts.
Be honest about what you say about the bike. You don’t have to list all its minor defects, just be honest about any information that you do give. If you say its showroom condition but the fairing is hanging off, then it not only puts buyers off but opens them up for negotiation.
After Market Extras
If you have fitted any extras it is always best to keep any original parts to pass on with the bike. It can be worth putting a bike back to standard and selling additional items separately.
Paperwork
Put all your documentation together. If you don’t have the original service book, then put as many service receipts as you may have together, it helps to build up a picture for the buyer. Old MOT certificates show a progression in mileage and help to verify a bike’s history.
Asking Price
Be realistic with your asking price, use our valuation service to give you a realistic asking price. If you start too high, then you can often deter any potential buyers. Believe it or not, if you go too low, then this can also scare people off. Buyers often think there must be something wrong.
Road Tests
Road tests are always a difficult situation for selling a bike. If you feel comfortable about doing so, at least make sure that the buyer has insurance cover. It can be an option to agree a test ride once payment has been made.