My Car Check releases car write-off data for UK’s major cities

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My Car Check compares write-off data for major UK cities: Bad news for used car buyers in London and Birmingham, better news for those in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol

New figures from My Car Check show that the risk of buying a previously written-off vehicle is much higher in some UK cities than others. Around 1 in 4 cars checked in London and Birmingham over the last year were found to have been written-off, compared to around 1 in 7 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Bristol.

Most write-off warnings

1 London 24.74%
2 Birmingham 23.84%
3 Liverpool 20.60%
4 Cardiff 20.55%
5 Manchester 17.44%
6 Leeds 16.03%
7 Sheffield 15.77%
8 Bristol 14.86%
9 Edinburgh 14.36%
10 Glasgow 13.67%

Source: (1 Sep 2015 – 31 Aug 2016)

Head of My Car Check, Roger Powell, said: “It is the first time we have analysed our data by city and we were surprised to discover such stark differences. Seeing London at the top it would be easy to conclude that there must be a close correlation between population size and the number of written-off cars, but this theory doesn’t hold up. For example, the risk of buying a write-off is 3% higher in Liverpool, which has a population of around half a million, than in nearby Manchester, which has a population of 2.5 million. Whatever the explanation, they are clearly doing something right in Glasgow and Edinburgh, where the risk of buying a write-off is 10% lower than in London or Birmingham.




“Buying a car is a big deal and establishing whether it has ever been written-off is vital. Even leaving the safety aspect aside, a write-off will usually be worth considerably less than a similar non-accident damaged model. It is incredible that so many people still don’t realise it is legal for certain write-offs to return to the road. In fact, it is not unusual for a car to have been involved in several accidents. In this day and age, vehicles can be repaired to a high standard, but a My Car Check customer survey a couple of years ago found that 79% wouldn’t buy a write-off.”

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With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, My Car Check holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads – things that buyers should be aware of before making an offer.

CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns My Car Check, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco and WhatCar?.