Publicly available information

Does DVLA think your car has Vehicle Excise Duty and an MoT? https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax is a new site, currently in beta (trial) format, which allows you to click the green ‘check now’ then enter registration number and vehicle make, and click search. You are then presented with two coloured boxes. On the left we have VED status (the options are: taxed until xx xx/SORN/untaxed expired xx xx) and on the right the MoT status. The options here appear to be (tick); ‘MOT expiry date xx xx’, (cross); ‘no MOT expired xx xx’; or ‘no details held by DVLA’

Previous MoTs

Previous MoT attempts can be checked at https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle

To use this service you need the registration mark, and either the serial number of the most recent pass/fail certificate or the reference number from the most recently issued V5C. This allows you to view all fail and advisory items from previous MoT attempts, all at a glance.

Insurance status

This can be verified at http://www.askmid.com where there is a free check intended for vehicle owners/drivers, as well as the option to pay for a more detailed report which names the other insurer (intended for checking the other vehicle involved in a car accident).

To check the make of a vehicle (or indeed perform a paid-for HPI check)‎ a site from AutoTrader and Experian is available, at http://www.vehiclecheck.co.uk