Stolen Car Check

Carrying out a stolen car check is a wise decision before buying a vehicle, to be sure that you’re not getting yourself involved in any illegal activity unknowingly. A stolen car check provides peace of mind. With Reg Car Check, we’ll provide police checks for any previous records of a stolen vehicle.

What’s the risk of buying a stolen car?

A stolen car will quickly show up on insurance databases as stolen and when you take the vehicle out onto the roads, it will be flagged up by an ANPR camera which would leave you in a legal bind. The police have the power to reclaim stolen vehicles and return them to the rightful owner or insurer, and it’s likely you won’t be compensated.

How to check if a car is stolen

Step 1: Enter Vehicle Details

Enter the registration number of the vehicle you want to check. This is the only detail you need to start the process.

Step 2: Confirm and Submit

Double-check the entered registration number for accuracy, then click the ‘Check’ or ‘Submit’ button to initiate the check. Our system will run a free check for basic data, to access stolen car information, simply upgrade to a premium report for £9.95.

Step 3: View the Results

The system will quickly process your request and display the results. You’ll find out instantly if the vehicle has been reported as stolen.

Stolen Car Check FAQ

What's included in a stolen car check?

Free Car Checker use the Police National Database, along with other sources, to verify if a vehicle is stolen. All we need to do this is the registration plate number. Our car stolen checks include a logbook verification check, live car tax check and MOT check, and we’ll check if the vehicle is insured, to name just a few of the checks we’ll carry out.

What does a stolen car report provide me with?

The most important details of a stolen vehicle are a flag for stolen warnings, the date of the stolen report, police contact information to request further details, and a basic full car check for details such as mileage and MOT.

Is my car stolen?

If you discover that you’ve bought a stolen car unknowingly, it’s unlikely that you’ll get your money back. If your insurance company does provide coverage, they will first investigate the situation (which might take several months) and then confirm whether your claim will pay out or not.

This is to rule out any risk of fraud and to make sure that the car is genuinely stolen. If they determine that your car was bought in good faith as a stolen car, and your policy is valid, they might reimburse you some of the costs, but not always.

How do I report a car stolen?

If the worst occurs and you didn’t order a stolen car check but now realise that you’ve been duped into buying a stolen vehicle, don’t panic. Inform the police as soon as possible, along with your insurance company, so they can investigate.

Dial 101 to be put through to your local police to report the stolen car, making sure you have the registration number, make and model, and the colour. You’ll be issued with a crime reference number to give to your insurance company. The police will then inform the DVLA of the theft.

Call the insurance company to inform them

Contact the DVLA, even if the police say that they will do so as well.

You can complete a ‘notification of sale or transfer’ or V5C/3 section of the V5C registration certificate which can then be sent back to the DVLA. You should also include a letter stating when the payment was accepted. The remaining part of the V5C should then be passed on to the insurance company. If the insurance company asks for the entire V5C certificate, you’ll need to contact the DVLA with details of your insurance company, the date you made the claim, the registration number, make and model, and colour of the vehicle, and your signature.

Is there a free stolen car check?

Yes, offer a free stolen car check but it comes with limitations. If you’re buying a used car, it’s a good first port of call, but it’s typically not enough as you’ll also want to verify if the vehicle has ever been involved in an accident, been resprayed or cut and shut, and so on which this site cannot offer details on.