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SMMT launches online vehicle check service

After five years in development, a new online vehicle registration recognition service is being launched by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) this month.

CarweB VRR is designed to give vehicle retailers and repairers, manufacturers, insurance companies and local government bodies access to extensive and up-to-date information combining the DVLA’s records with the SMMT’s own data.

By entering a VIN number or registration plate, subscribers can view more than 150 pieces of data specific to that vehicle. These include number of owners, date of registration, engine number, specification, size, and country of manufacture. Users can also discover whether the vehicle has even been recorded stolen or scrapped.

Shaun Bowler, SMMT director, believes CarweB will offer numerous benefits to the motor retail industry. “I don’t believe anybody else has a validation system that is better and that can provide such quality of data,” he adds.

Four products are available, targeted at different users, including a SMS version, which he says should prove invaluable to motor traders who regularly attend car auctions. The SMMT estimates that the purchase or part-exchange of used cars incorrectly specified or with uncertain history costs dealers £8,000 per year on average.

CarweB VRR can be easily integrated with other IT packages. Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive, says: “Carweb VRR will give retailers, repairers, vehicle makers, insurers and others associated with our industry the information they need to keep accurate records, clean their existing database, make the best repairs and help cut vehicle crime.

“For the first time, all this information is one easily used database. We look forward to delivering it to the industry.”

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