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How to find out who owns a car through the registration number?

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Armaan 05 Dec 2010
Hi everyone, I need your help. The problem is my in-laws had a car in their family when my father in law died, they sold that car, but now I want to buy that car & want to gift that to my wife. Maybe you will think I'm very silly but it's a sentimental thing, because my wife was smallest in family and she was very attached with her father. But I don't know who is keeping that car now and where does he/she lives? Hoping you will understand my problem. Help me out please, GOD will give you a very good reward, that's my heartly prayer.


gices 05 Dec 2010

You will need to do a vehicle data check to get this information. It costs about £4 and will tell you who the current registered keeper is. You can then contact the current owner and ask them whether they would like to sell it back to you. Good luck.

Correction : The vehicle data check will show only details about the car you're enquiring about. To get the name of the current registered keeper or previous owners, you will need to ask DVLA for this information. Fill out the V888 form (Request for Information) and post it to them. There's a fee ranging from £2.50-5.00 to pay depending on what info you're after.

anonymous_2 06 Dec 2010

Thanks a lot for your reply but with car data check you get only what vehicle checks will be done? The vehicle data check can tell you a whole range of things about the vehicle as shown below: whether the vehicle has been reported stolen subject to outstanding finance - if this is the case, the finance company is legally the owner of the car whether the vehicle has ever been a total write off or if it was a total insurance loss whether the car was scrapped by the DVLA whether the colour of the vehicle has ever been changed whether the licence plates have ever been changed the current market value so you don't get ripped off. The following information is also provided, however all companies display this information about the car anyway but sometimes it might be worth double checking: number of former keepers engine size fuel colour make and model year manufactured date first registered car data check don't give any details about current keeper? I will give him/her offer to sell that car or otherwise I will offer them that whenever tommorow, after 1 yr or after 5 yrs whenever they want to sell that car, to please contact me....