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Is Your Car Still Insured?

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If there's insurance on your car at the moment, there's every chance it is still around. Why insure a car if it has been scrapped? The only time this may be the case is if someone has paid for a year's insurance up front, subsequently written the car off and not cancelled the insurance.

There's a great online insurance checker that you can see if insurance exists for a particular vehicle. Head over to


and you'll see a form asking for your registration plate details:

Is your car still insured?

Type your registration plate into the yellow box, tick both the Data Protection box and the "I'm not a robot" box and voila - you should find out if the registration plate has any insurance.

If there's insurance in place, you'll see something like this:

Your car is insured on the Motor Insurance database

And if not, something like this:

Your car is NOT insured on the Motor Insurance database

So if it's insured - great news - it's probably still on the road. If it's not insured, don't fret. Cars can be garaged for a number of reasons - they might be SORNed, being worked on or perhaps the owner can't afford insurance.

Also note that we have very rarely seen examples of cars that have been scrapped many years ago but seem to still have valid insurance - so don't take this information as 100% accurate, although it is a generally a very good indicator.

List of contents:
  1. Track Your Vehicle Down
  2. The British Newspaper Archive
  3. The British Newspaper Archive - Continued
  4. Is Your Car Still Insured?
  5. The DVLA Websites: Look Up Your Car
  6. Your DVLA Car Records
  7. SORNed Or Scrapped Car?
  8. Commercial Vehicle Reports
  9. What The Car Data Looks Like
  10. How Many Left
  11. Use RegArchive And VRegs In Depth To Trace Cars
  12. Contacting The DVLA For Car Information

The registration plate archive for UK cars, bikes and vans registered from 2001 onwards

VRegs is the online archive for all modern UK vehicle registration plates. Use the search box above to see if your car, bike, van or other vehicle has been added with photos and comments. If not, consider uploading your car photos and/or add comments and memories - it's easy and free.