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.

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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Guide to Personalised Number Plates & Registrations
Guide to Personalised Number Plates & Registrations

Let’s face it, who doesn’t want their very own personalised number plate registration? If you’re lucky enough to be in the position of searching for your perfect registration, your first question might be where to find personalised registrations at the lowest price. At the end of the day, no one likes paying over the top! But where do you go for a private personalised number plate registration?

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Previous Owner Check
Previous Owner Check

Contents 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 effortless to see […]

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Car write off check
Car write off check

Contents 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 Write-Off? This occurs […]

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Outstanding car finance check
Outstanding car finance check

Contents 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 is when someone […]

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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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Guide to GAP Insurance: What is it and Do you need it?
Guide to GAP Insurance: What is it and Do you need it?

For many of us, GAP insurance is perhaps not something we’re too familiar with and certainly, most of us wouldn’t know what it is or whether we need it. This guide is designed to uncover all the information you need to make an informed decision on whether GAP insurance is something you really can’t afford to be without when it comes to your pride and joy.

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The guide to buying a car online safely
The guide to buying a car online safely

We’ve put together our ultimate guide to buying your next vehicle online whether it’s through one of the new online delivery car sellers or from a private seller advertising on eBay. We’ll help you make sure you purchase your next car safely so that you’ll be cruising around very soon with a smile on your face.

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2021 Ultimate Guide to Car Insurance
2021 Ultimate Guide to Car Insurance

Most of us look to obtain the cheapest car insurance possible for the cover we’re after, and the easiest way to do this is to visit a car insurance comparison site. Read our guide on how to get cheap car insurance

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Car Tax Checker
Car Tax Checker

Find out how much it costs to tax your car using our free car checker. Enter your car reg to find out its tax and mot status + car history for free.

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MOT History Checker
MOT History Checker

View your MOT history for free along with complimentary running costs and a mileage timeline. Find out when your next is MOT is due.

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2021 Guide to ULEZ and Clean air zones emission standards
2021 Guide to ULEZ and Clean air zones emission standards

Everything you need to know about ULEZ and Clean air zone. Is your vehicle compliant? Do you have an older vehicle that may need to be replaced?

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How to pass your car’s next MOT
How to pass your car’s next MOT

We all want to make sure our vehicle passes MOT the first time round.

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Types of available car finance
Types of available car finance

Car finance is a process that allows you to spread the cost of a new or used car. We breakdown the common ways to finance your next car.

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