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AA Cars History Check

Buy with confidence
FREE AA Cars History Check worth up to £20

FREE 26-point Car History Check

Protect yourself with a full AA Cars History Check which is insured up to £30,000 terms and conditions apply*. Check if a car:

  • has outstanding finance
  • has ever been written off by an insurance company
  • is currently recorded as stolen
  • has had keeper, plate or colour changes recorded

* The full AA Cars History Check report comes with data insurance. Up to £30,000 cover for specified benefits is included. Please see policy documentation for full details. Please note that the summary AA Cars History Check does not include this insurance.

Why use a history check*?

1 in 4 have outstanding finance

1 in 4
had outstanding finance previously recorded

1 in 8 were recorded as an insurance write off

1 in 8
were recorded as an insurance write off

1 in 14 showed significant mileage discrepancies

1 in 14
showed significant mileage discrepancies

1 in 160,000 vehicles were reported as stolen in 2009

160,000
vehicles were reported as stolen in 2009

1 in 190,000 are being traced by finance companies

190,000
are being traced by finance companies

* Source: Experian AutoCheck

We also check:

  • Registration details
  • Number of keepers
  • Colour changes

We also provide:

  • CO2 emissions rating
  • Performance details

Why Check a car?

You can never be sure a car is all it appears to be. So an AA Cars History Check can reassure you. Plus it could save you a lot of money.

An AA Cars History Check can tell you if a vehicle is currently subject to a finance or loan agreement. Did you know that the finance company can repossess the vehicle if it has outstanding finance secured against it?

If the car has previously been involved in an accident and the insurers have written it off, it is possible the car shouldn't be on the road and you wouldn't be able to get insurance to drive it. The ownership and safety of write offs needs to be carefully checked before you buy one.

These are just a few reasons why an AA Cars History Check is crucial if you're buying a used car.

It will help you build a picture of the car's history so you can make an informed choice. Mileage data is supplied voluntarily and therefore may not be available for every vehicle. Ensure you check documents such as service history, MOT certificates or by contacting previous keepers.

How does an AA Cars History Check help you?

1. Select the car advert you are interested in.
2. Select the AA Cars History Check button.
3. Enter a few personal details.
4. We will show you a summary report created when the car was registered for sale (this will be updated every 30 days if the car is still up for sale).
5. If you are interested in buying the car you can apply for the full AA Cars History Check report which includes data insurance.
6. Mistakes in the data we receive from insurers and the police are extremely rare - but the full AA Cars History Check comes with data insurance providing up to £30,000 in case of specified errors. Click here for details

Help and advice

Some relevant frequently asked questions

Can you get an AA Cars History Check over the telephone?
AA Cars is an online service. AA Cars History Checks for the vehicles offered via the AA Cars service are only available online, so we are unable to carry out a check over the phone.

When do I get my summary AA Cars History Check report?
Your summary report appears online as soon as you have registered for the service and selected a car. While you see the report instantly this report is generated based upon information held at the date / time stated at the top of the report. The data can be subject to change but will be only updated every 30 days from the above date (should the vehicle remain on the site for 30 days or more). Please note therefore that data could be up to 30 days old at the time of viewing.

When do I get my full AA Cars History Check report?
The full report, including AA Cars History Check insurance is available once you have selected the 'Apply for full AA Cars History Check with insurance' button at the bottom of your summary report. While you see the report instantly once you have applied, this report is generated based upon information held at the date / time stated at the top of the report. The data can be subject to change but will be only updated every 30 days from the above date (should the vehicle remain on the site for 30 days or more). Please note therefore that data could be up to 30 days old at the time of viewing.

How much does the AA Cars History Check insurance cost?
The AA Cars History Check for each car listed on the AA Cars website is complimentary, courtesy of the AA.

Why is the date displayed on my AA Cars History Check report a past date?
The data in both the summary report and the full report could be up to 30 days old. This is because the report shown was generated based upon information held at the date / time stated at the top of the report. The data can be subject to change but will be only updated every 30 days from the stated date (should the vehicle remain on the site for 30 days or more). Please note therefore that data could be up to 30 days old at the time of viewing.

Why is the data on my full AA Cars History Check report different to my AA Cars History Check summary report?
This maybe because the data within the report has been updated between the time that you viewed the summary report and when you applied for the full report. Please check the time / date at the top of both reports.

What is the difference between a summary AA Cars History Check and full AA Cars History Check?
The primary difference between the summary and full AA Cars History Check reports is that the full report includes data insurance up to £30,000. The insurance covers specific data that may be inaccurate or incomplete on the AA Cars History Check report, such as missing finance data, missing insurance write off data and missing police stolen data. If you make a financial loss due to the missing data then the insurance will cover you up to £30,000.00 subject to the terms and conditions of the policy.

When should I view a full AA Cars History Check?
You should only view a full AA Cars History Check when you are considering buying the car in question. The summary AA Cars History Check will provide you with great insight into the car for your initial enquiries. Should you intend to purchase the car and want to investigate further you should view a full AA Cars History Check report. It is important to note that you should view the full AA Cars History Check report before purchasing the car. This will initiate the insurance element of the report which will be void if you view a full AA Cars History Check report after purchasing the car.

When am I covered by the insurance on the full AA Cars History Check report?
You should view the full AA Cars History Check report before purchasing the car. This will initiate the insurance element of the report which will be void if you view a full AA Cars History Check report after purchasing the car. The insurance becomes effective once you have viewed the full AA Cars History Check and subsequently purchased the vehicle. As you would expect, there are various terms and conditions as well as exclusions to such an insurance policy.

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