Who Owns This Car? How to Find Out Owner of a Vehicle

Buying a used car can be a risky business and it is important to know as much as possible about a vehicle before deciding to part with your cash.

One common question people have is who the owner of a car is. This can be to make sure that they are dealing with the registered owner in the first place, rather than somebody else. After all the car could be stolen or the seller may even be unaware that they are not the owner. There are many reasons that finding the legal owner is important.

How to find the owner using vehicle registration

Unfortunately you can’t just enter the registration and get a name of an owner. For various reasons this data is not publically available. You can write to the DVLA to find the registered owner of a vehicle but this is not for use by those wanting to purchase a car. This can only be done if it is within reasons outlined such as:

  • finding out who was responsible for an accident
  • tracing the registered owner of an abandoned vehicle
  • tracing the registered keeper of a vehicle parked on private land

If you do have a valid reason like this for requesting the information then use the DVLA guide linked above.

Doing checks for a car you are looking to buy

If you are looking to buy a car and want to do various checks to establish that the car is in good condition, not stolen, not connected to unpaid finance and doesn’t have a bad history such as being previously written off or scrapped, then the best thing to do is get an HPI Check. There is only one official HPI check which can be found at HPI.co.uk

Alternatively there are cheaper car checks which are covered in our free & cheep car check guide


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