How to check your car’s service history

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The service history of your vehicle is one of the most important documents that you need to keep up to date. It provides an accurate record of the type of repairs needed on your car and when this work was carried out.

Ensuring you have a full service record is therefore paramount if you want peace of mind that your car is in the best condition possible. It is also a crucial check to undertake when buying a used car. That said, what should you do if you’re not sure that all of these records are complete?

Easy steps to find your service history

The first step to uncover any missing service history and to help fill in gaps is to contact the vehicle’s manufacturer and ask them to tell you anything they know about its history via its unique VIN number. This can be found inside the bodywork of your vehicle, usually the door bay and engine compartment.

The manufacturer should then be able to tell you the dealership from which the vehicle was originally purchased and you can then contact them directly. In many cases, dealerships will either maintain the full records themselves or be able to put you in touch with the garage where the vehicle was regularly serviced.

You can also find out the full MOT history of a vehicle by visiting the official website of the DVLA and inputting the car’s registration number. This also allows you to see any gaps in the history of the car, or if it was ever reported damaged or stolen.

Why is a service history so essential?

If you ever come to sell your car, a full service history is essential in order to instil confidence among buyers. At the same time, a full history highlights the fact that all necessary repairs have been carried out on the vehicle to ensure it remains roadworthy and fit for use.

Keeping your car fully serviced will also help to reduce the likelihood of being involved in a breakdown, so to have the documents that show you’ve been a vigilant owner will help to give much greater peace of mind to anyone interested in making a purchase.

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