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5. What about the seller?

Whether you buy your classic from a garage or from a private individual, don’t forget to ask them for all the information they might have. From old MOT certificates to service and maintenance records, everything helps piece together a car’s history, and you might get lucky and find that they already know previous owners.

And while this isn’t a snippet of information they can provide, it could point you in the right direction when it comes to tracking down that elusive history.

6. The DVLA

In recent years, data protection rules have become increasingly stringent, and while this is a good thing, it makes finding a car’s history through official sources a bit more difficult.

Naturally, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) won’t just give details of previous owners and you must have a good reason for requesting any information they hold, but they will consider each request on its own merits.

So, it might still be worth filling out form V888 and paying five cents. If nothing else, you might find out the number of previous owners, as well as information on any color or engine changes in the car’s past.

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