Motors.co.uk, which has over 200,000 used cars listed, is the first in the UK to run free security checks on all vehicles before they are offered for sale, through a partnership with Experian and cross-referencing a number of databases including both the DVLA information and the Police National Computer. In doing so it can identify previously scrapped, exported or stolen vehicles.
It can also highlight vehicles involved in previous write-off accidents and imports from non-EU countries.
The site developers claim it is the first in the £34bn annual used car retail sector to provide motorists with this level of free screening and advice on their potential purchase. Over 7.5 million used cars are bought and sold in the UK each year and with increasing internet sales, an increasing number are being found to have questionable histories including theft and outstanding finance.
Adrian Black, business development director of Motors.co.uk said: "Dealers can suffer from a bad press because of the tiny minority of rogue traders who are less scrupulous and have taken advantage of the faceless nature of the internet. We want to put that right by giving consumers much more security and information on the car they’re buying, ensuring they get a good deal and not an illegal or unsafe vehicle."