Here you can discover more about the sources of data that collectively form the vehicle history check.
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It is important to note that you can only reveal full written off vehicle information by purchasing a full vehicle history check, our free check does not provide data from the MIAFTR database.
This data comes from a database known as MIAFTR (Motor insurance fraud and theft register) and includes a record of UK vehicles that insurance companies have recorded as being 'written off'. The insurance company will categorise the vehicle as being in one of four categories when it is written off, A, B, C or D. Broadly this means: (see definitions for detailed descriptions)
The definition of each category can be found in the below table:
|Category A||Category B||Category C||Category D|
What does this category mean?
The vehicle has not been repaired following extreme damage. It was deemed too damaged to be repairable with little or no salvageable parts.
The vehicle has not been repaired following significant damage. It was deemed too damaged to be repairable however did have salvageable parts.
This vehicle was repairable, but the repair costs exceeded the vehicle value. The insurer chose not to repair for economic reasons.
This vehicle was repairable, but the repair costs were significant compared to the vehicle value. The insurer chose not to repair for economic reasons.
Why may the insurer not have repaired the vehicle?
The inspecting engineer considered the vehicle extensively damaged and therefore un-repairable. It has little or no salvageable parts.
The inspecting engineer considered the vehicle too damaged to be repaired, however there is value in its spare parts.
The inspecting engineer considered the vehicle repairable, however the costs exceeded the Pre Accident Value of the vehicle. This marker is not an indication that a vehicle is un-roadworthy, but that the insurance company involved in the claim has made the decision not to repair it purely for economic reasons.
The inspecting engineer considered the vehicle repairable, however the costs were fairly significant (i.e. greater than 50 % of the Pre Accident Value). This marker is not an indication that a vehicle is un-roadworthy, but that the insurance company involved in the claim has made the decision not to repair it purely for economic reasons.
What scale of damage may the vehicle have had?
This vehicle would have had extreme damage e.g. burnt out, completely destroyed, extreme chassis or bodyshell/frame damage or totally submerged in water. The insurer considered this vehicle to have NIL value.
This vehicle would have had significant damage e.g. extensively damaged, bent chassis or bodyshell/frame or half submerged in water. The insurer considered this vehicle to have some value as salvageable parts (e.g. greater than £50).
The damage level varies greatly for a Cat C vehicle. The damage may be quite extensive (but not structural) on a fairly new car, however in contrast the damage may be very light on an old car. This vehicle may have been submerged in water up to the floor level. This category is purely an economically constructed total loss. It simply states that the insurer chose to not repair the vehicle for economic reasons.
The damage level varies greatly for a Cat D vehicle. The damage may be quite significant on a fairly new car, however in contrast the damage may be very light on an old car. This category is purely an economically constructed total loss. It simply states that the insurer chose to not repair the vehicle for economic reasons.
This data also comes from two sources, the Police National Computer, which records all vehicles reported to the police as stolen, and also MIAFTR (Motor insurance fraud and theft register), when an insurance firm becomes aware that a vehicle is stolen they place a marker against the vehicle in the MIAFTR database. Similarly, if the vehicle is recovered, but classified as a total loss (see above).
|Theft/Stolen||Recovered - Total Loss|
What is this loss type?
This vehicle was recorded with a theft marker on the date provided. It does not necessarily indicate that the vehicle remains stolen.
This vehicle was recorded as a theft and subsequently recovered on the date provided. The vehicle upon recovery was deemed a total loss by the insurer. Please see Category descriptions for further information.
Outstanding finance data is a data set that helps to highlight if a vehicle has a current financial agreement registered against it. If a vehicle has a financial agreement registered against it, such as a 'Hire Purchase Agreement', you will always want to speak to the owner of the vehicle about how the agreement will be settled before purchasing the vehicle. This check will also give you the contact details of the finance company that has registered the finance agreement, so you can contact them to establish if the financial agreement has been settled prior to purchase.
Outstanding Finance Data is provided by Experian Ltd. Experian Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Experian Ltd is registered in England and Wales under company registration number 653331. Registered office address: The Sir John Peace Building, Experian Way, NG2 Business Park, Nottingham, NG80 1ZZ.
The source of this data is the DVLA (driver and vehicle licensing agency). This data contains the core data on the specification of the vehicle as well as some insight into the history of the vehicle.
Some of the important data contained in this dataset is:
You can see a list of the full 47 data fields contained within this dataset by reading: The DVLA bulk data-set information for vehicles buyers
This data is supplied by the VCA in an open fashion, and contains lots of useful information about the CO2 emissions, fuel economy and running costs of a vehicle.
We turn it into a useful certificate that you can use to compare between vehicles.
This data is also supplied by the VCA.
If a fault is discovered in a vehicle make or model after manufacturing it might be recalled. As a result these safety recalls are generally very serious, ignoring them can lead to the issue getting worse and the vehicle becoming very dangerous to drive. The data contains information on the makes and models affected and descriptions of issue that has led to the safety recall.
This data is supplied by the police forces of the UK via the Police.uk API.
We enable users of totalcarcheck.co.uk to enter a location, which may be a post code, town or street name and then we display them a map outlining the number of vehicle crimes that have been recorded in that area.
The date contains the following fields:
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