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    Q570: I want to buy a second hand car, can the police tell me whether it is stolen or not before I buy it?

    At present there is no national guidance on this matter and it will probably be a matter of local policy. So it will vary from force to force as to whether forces will provide any information on this matter.

    There are organisations that do credit checks on vehicles which will also tell you if there is any outstanding credit on the vehicle. There will be a fee for this service but it is always better to check out any second hand car that you are thinking of buying.

    However, whilst we can't recommend any specific companies that provides vehicle history checks prior to purchase, you should be able to find one online – the price may vary from one company to another.

    We have listed two examples of companies that offer this service in related information but we don't recommend them above any others.

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