Are you thinking of buying a used car?

Uncover the taxi licensing history of your next car with Vehicle Ancestry’s exclusive search engine!

*You won’t find this information on HPI or Experian.

We strongly recommend you never buy a vehicle without conducting a provenance check

Approx. 385,000 cars get written off each year

1 in 4 cars has something to hide

Approx. 89,000 cars recorded stolen in 2017

This is available from many reputable providers, but we think the best is Vcheck.UK as seen on rip off Britain etc.

What a provenance provider is unable to provide is any vehicle licensing history

Did you know? Approx 300,000 taxis are licensed every year. Which equates to 6000 per week, over 1000 per day!

Sometimes taxis are licensed more than once in different parts of the UK. For this reason we do offer a more comprehensive check service (contact for further details).

We can check any registration number against our database with any positive hits returning a licensing council.

Many councils over type expired licenses (including registration numbers) when issuing a new license. Which means without our service many ex taxis can not be identified resulting in private buyers buying them.

How does it work?

Simply enter a registration number to discover if it matches any records held on our taxi, hackney carriage or private hire vehicle register.

*Remember to check all registration numbers associated with your vehicle search (including private plates).

Single registration search cost – £2.99p

VehicleAncestry.co.uk helped me discover that the used Mercedes E-Class I was about to purchase used to be a licensed taxi. The dealer didn’t even know – Thank you!

Alex, Solihull

I heard about VehicleAncestry.co.uk through a friend and thought I’d run a check on a used Focus I had an interest in buying. Little did I know it was once a licensed taxi. Needless to say, I steered clear and bought something else!

Chris, Leeds

Frequently Asked

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I'm looking to buy a small/medium size car

The licensing  register holds records of a wide range of cars. From small cars, like Ford Fiestas & VW Polos, to medium size cars which include Vauxhall Astras & Toyota Auris. Our records even hold information on executive cars

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I have checked a private hire car and it does not show on your register?

Our licensing information is usually updated every 3/6 months so there may be a delay in providing information on currently licensed vehicles.

Of the 378 councils approached for information 10 were unable to supply/have access to data (less than 3%) it may be among these… see council list for more information.

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I only buy low mileage cars.

The idea that all ex taxis are high mileage is incorrect. We have information on executive cars like Mercedes, &Toyota which have less than 20k miles and some are under 12 months old. The belief that you can tell If a car has been an ex taxi just by looking at it, is a fallacy.

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How much does it cost to do a registration number search on the database?

A single search costs just £2.99p, which could save you £1000s in the long run… see example below.

What is the financial benefit of a history check?

Avoid paying over the odds for your next car. In practice, that could mean huge savings.

For example, if you’re buying a car with a value of:

£14,755

If the vehicle matched our database then a likely outcome is that the motor industry would realign their valuation by:

£2,755

meaning the true trade valuation is:

£12,000

(Figures supplied by the motor industry – November 2017)