Car ownership guides

Looking to buy a new car? Our buying and car checking guides will help you cover all aspects of buying your car and how to maintain it. Make sure you read them before you make that important decision.

What to do if your car has failed its MOT
What to do if your car has failed its MOT

Though it can be hugely disappointing when your car fails its MOT, it’s something that nearly 37% of drivers experience every year (according to DVSA data).

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MOT checklist – how to prepare for the check
MOT checklist – how to prepare for the check

Price is a starting point, but to help you narrow down your choices further, you need to focus on the following three factors: 

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MOT test explained
MOT test explained

The MOT test (Ministry of Transport, or simply MOT) is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in the United Kingdom for most vehicles over three years old.

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How to test drive and check a used car before committing to buying – top 6 tips
How to test drive and check a used car before committing to buying – top 6 tips

Price is a starting point, but to help you narrow down your choices further, you need to focus on the following three factors: 

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What to look for when deciding on buying a used car?
What to look for when deciding on buying a used car?

Price is a starting point, but to help you narrow down your choices further, you need to focus on the following three factors: 

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Why do I need to do a car check before I buy a used car? 
Why do I need to do a car check before I buy a used car? 

It’s always important to do a car check before buying one.

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What checks should I do on my car – full guide
What checks should I do on my car – full guide

To maximize the life and performance of your vehicle, here is a list of items you should check depending on the time and season. Some of these parts of your vehicle should be checked regularly, and others only in the long run. Be sure to follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and service interval record.

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Car check – what does it entail
Car check – what does it entail

A car check will tell you whether the VRM and VIN correspond to DVLA records. If they don’t, there could be several problems with the vehicle.

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Car tax bands explained
Car tax bands explained

The price you pay to tax your car can be determined by any number of nuances – its engine size, the year it was built, your circumstances… then factor in that various tax systems are running parallel to each other and it is easy to see why you need to be a genius to get your head around things. 

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Useful facts to know before buying a used car
Useful facts to know before buying a used car

We show how much car tax you’ll need to pay on petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric cars as of April 2021, whether you still need to pay during the coronavirus pandemic, and which cars are exempt from vehicle tax.

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Car tax and top things that increase your road tax
Car tax and top things that increase your road tax

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) which is also known as vehicle tax or car tax is an annual tax that you pay to keep your vehicle on the road legally. It’s calculated using the factors mainly, on how old your vehicle is and the emission of Co2 gases.

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Police Markers: What are they and Should You be Concerned?
Police Markers: What are they and Should You be Concerned?

You may or may not have heard of the term, but Police markers could be concerning when you’re searching for your next vehicle. But don’t get too stressed, as Motorscan is on hand to give you all the information you need on what they are and what to look out for when buying your next car.

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Number Plate Registrations: What Information can you Access?
Number Plate Registrations: What Information can you Access?

It’s not unusual to be a little wary and cautious when you’re on the lookout for a new vehicle. Let’s face it, there are plenty of scammers to be found hidden amongst reputable and honest sellers, so what can you do to limit your exposure to discovering that the gem you found is actually an unsound, defective money pit?

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Guide to ANPR: All you Need to Know
Guide to ANPR: All you Need to Know

All you need to know about ANPR systems. What it means and how it operates. We’ve written this guide to answer any frequently asked questions you may have

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BS AU 145e Number Plates: All You Need to Know
BS AU 145e Number Plates: All You Need to Know

It can be a minefield sorting through oodles of online information on what you can have on a number plate and what you can’t.

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Previous Owner Check
Previous Owner Check

What’s in this guide How do I Check the Number of Previous Owners?What does the Previous Owner Check show?How to find out who Owns a Car?How many previous Owners is too many? How do I Check the Number of Previous Owners? Through our premium vehicle check, there is a section called ‘Ownership History’ where it’s […]

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Car write off check
Car write off check

What’s in this guide What is an Insurance Write-Off?What are the types of Write-Off Categories?Why should you check to see if a Vehicle is Written Off?How to Check if a Car has been in an Accident?What information does a Write-Off Check include?Should you buy a vehicle that has been Written Off? What is an Insurance […]

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Outstanding finance car check
Outstanding finance car check

What’s in this guide What is Outstanding Finance?How to Check if a Car is on Finance?What are the Risks of Buying a Car still on Finance?How to settle a Car if you have Finance?What are the types of Outstanding Finance?What information does an Outstanding Finance Check show? What is Outstanding Finance? Put simply; outstanding finance […]

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Free Bike Check
Free Bike Check

What’s included in a Free Bike Check? Using motorscan’s free online free bike checker you can view the following information: Tax status / Tax prices MOT status and MOT history MOT statistics Mileage history Mileage anomalies Performance statistics Technical specifications Running costs Insurance group ULEZ Check When the logbook was updated Where the bike was […]

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Servicing and Maintaining a Car: Everything you need to know
Servicing and Maintaining a Car: Everything you need to know

If you’ve just bought your very first car or maybe have had the luxury of a maintained company car, you might be forgiven for the lack of knowledge you have on what responsible car owners need to know. We aim to steer you through the world of car servicing and maintenance to arm you with everything you need to know.

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