How to check your classic car’s history in six easy ways

5. What about the provider?

Whether you buy your classic from a workshop or from a private seller, don’t forget to ask them for any information they may have. From old MOT certificates to service and maintenance records, everything helps piece a car’s history together and you might get lucky and find that they already have knowledge of previous owners.

And even if not a snippet of information they can provide might point you in the right direction when it comes to tracking down this elusive story.

6. The DVLA

In recent years, privacy rules have become increasingly stringent, and while that’s a good thing, it makes it a little harder to trace a car’s history through official sources.

Of course, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) not only releases previous owner information and you must have a good reason to request any information they have, they will review each application on their own.

So it might still be worth filling out the V888 form and paying a fiver. Last but not least, you can discover the number of previous owners, as well as information about color or engine changes in the car’s past.

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