Service History Check

Check service schedules for your vehicle

Buying a used car and wanting to check service history of a car? It can be a bit of a mindfield, but it is possible.

Unfortunately fake service history is still quite common in the UK therefore it is worth following the steps below to know how to spot it.

See which Services & Repairs might be due

We will show you the costs of Services & Repairs plus show you what your car might fail its next MOT on 


All information direct from the Car Manufacturers, no card details needed!

How to check service history of a car?

The bad news is that there isn’t a central database of service history as there is for MOTs. There are only two ways to find out the actual service history:

  • Ask the car owner to show you the car’s service history if he/she has the service book or invoices
  • Contact the garage/dealership where the vehicle gets serviced
The good news is Car Guide can help you spot fake service history. We are the only company that shows manufacturer service schedules, past and future repairs and any components that are likely to fail in the future. This knowledge can be a life saver when it comes to buying a used car and negotiating a better deal! Especially if the car is due a major service or a repair you can ask the seller to get this done prior to the purchase or haggle on the price.

How do you spot fake service history?

  1. Get Car Guide Report which will show you what the service history should look like
  2. Ask to see a copy of the service book
  3. Check over the service book and if anything looks suspicious write down the names of dealerships/garages.
  4. Check if they are genuine mechanics/garages online. 

Why is full service history so important?

A well maintained car will depreciate less and is also likely to cost you less in the future. If however, you are looking to save yourself a few bucks, missing service history is your perfect opportunity! On average, used car buyers expect to see 20 percent discount on a vehicle without full service history.

What should a service history look like? And when is the service due?

Not sure what the service history should look like or what service is due soon? Try Car Guide! With our personalised buyer’s report you will be equipped with the information you need to negotiate the best deal! On top of service schedules and MOT history you will also find out what service is due next, what is your car likely to fail the next MOT on and you can see the true cost of ownership. Buy like a pro with Car Guide.

Buying a used car or checking your own?
Reveal its history, future risks and costs

Frequently asked questions

Unfortunately there isn’t a central database of service history like there is for MOTs, however, there are two options available to you. Find out more here.
As there isn’t a central database for service records, the best thing to do is to ask the vehicle owner to provide records or contact the dealership/garage where the vehicle typically gets serviced. Our Car Guide report could help you verify how well the car was looked after as it shows you manufacturer service schedules as well as past and upcoming repairs. Find out more here.

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