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How does a vehicle identity (VIC) check work?

Vehicle Identity Check procedure:

The Vehicle Identity Check will came into effect from in April 2003. This will affect Accident Damaged Category C Vehicles only. However, only Category C vehicles that have an accident date on or after the 7th April 2003 will be affected by this scheme, any vehicle with an accident damage date prior to the 7th April will not be affected. For further information call 0870 241 7359.

1. What is the VIC Scheme?

It is an inspection scheme to solely check the vehicle's identity and not to examine its road worthiness. VIC - Vehicle Identity Check Scheme.

 2. Which Citroens will that apply to?

It will only apply to Citroens cleared as a Category C vehicle on or after 7th April 2003, it will not apply to any other stock brought prior to 7th April 2003.

3. When does it come into effect?

7th April 2003

4. How much will it cost?

Approx £26.50p

5. Which vehicles will need the inspection?

If purchased from a salvage auction/agent that use the ABI categorisation guide then just category C's, if purchased from other sources that do not abide by the ABI coding then any substantially accident damaged vehicle, ensure when buying you know what category the vehicle is.

6. What condition does the vehicle have to be in?

Sufficient repairs must be carried out to support the intention of returning the vehicle to a road worthy position. The vehicle must be capable of being driven under its own power.

7. How do I book an appointment?

By filling in the appropriate form yet to be finalised by the Vehicle Inspectorate.

8. How long approximately will it take to get an appointment?

The inspectorate will respond within three working days. No firm timescales can be given for appointments.

9. Are there any situations when I don't need to have the vehicle inspected?

Yes. If you are selling on the vehicle to another trader or to a repairer an inspection is not necessary, just a declaration to the purchaser of the vehicle's requirement for inspection.

10. What exactly does the inspection involve?

An inspection will be carried out to check the correct identity of the vehicle. The vehicle will not be inspected to check its road worthiness and for signs of repaired accident damage.

11. What will the inspector need on day of inspection?

Current MOT, if driven on public highway, otherwise an MOT is not required. You can request that the Vehicle Inspectorate carry out an MOT following the VIC inspection (must be pre-booked).

Insurance to drive car.

Proof of purchase.

Receipt/s for repairs carried out is advisable.

 12. What happens once the vehicle passes the inspection?

The inspector will advise the DVLA that the vehicle has passed the inspection and will issue a certificate confirming the vehicle's identity. Once the vehicle has passed you can either apply for registration yourself or, if selling, pass the certificate onto the new owner enabling them to apply for registration.

13. What happens if the vehicle fails?

The inspection centre will not issue a certificate. They will inform the police and the DVLA. The police will then investigate the identity, with the resulting information received, a decision will be made; obviously each case will be treated individually. Also at this point the vehicle could be impounded.

 14. How will the vehicle logbook be marked following the successful inspection?

 The logbook will carry a note showing "Accident damaged and/or substantially repaired; identity checked on (date)."

15. Can one vehicle be substituted for another at short notice?

Each test station will develop its own procedures regarding the acceptance of bookings. It is advised that you liaise with the test station manager regarding the notice required to book a vehicle in for a check. However, all appointments must be pre-arranged.

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