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DVLA Database Lookups.

Full access to the DVLA Database, giving lots of vehicle data at your fingertips.
Available as standalone software, or integral with AutoMaster invoicing.

AutoMaster - May 2017.

JobCards and Calendar!
Plan the days ahead, fill in appointment slots for all the bays in your workshop, record work to be done, instructions, parts needed, times, vehicle and customer details. Convert a  Job Card to a quote, or an Invoice.

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AutoMaster -April 2017

Send texts to mobiles!
Our Garage Invoicing software can now send reminder texts to customers, informing them that their MOT/Service is due. Excellent to maintain that all important repeat business.
Use it for common tasks also, such as informing them there vehicle is ready for collection. Save time and money on making regular calls.

Also available as a standalone service, not connected with AutoMaster Garage Invoicing software.

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 AutoMaster - March 2017.


The Garage Invoicing software, now has the ability to send a copy of the invoice to customers via email. Just select Print, and send it via our built in email facility. Settings for Gmail and Hotmail, and SSL encryption for added security.

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Bank Account details now added to invoices for customers to make payments.

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DVLA Database Look Up/Query Services.                (Internet connection required)

No monthly fees, no subscriptions.

With a pay per query system, there are no subscriptions, no monthly fees, just pay for each query, deducted from your credit balance.


There are 7 different categories of data you can query.

Standard Vehicle Search. Find vehicle data using the Registration Number.

MOT History. Finds previous MOT tests, whether failed or passed, including fails and advisories.

Tyre Search. Finds different allowable combinations of tyre sizes

V5C Validation. Given a Registration and a VIN, confirms or denies that they match.

VIN Search. Returns same results as Standard Vehicle Search, but using a VIN as the search query.

Vehicle Valuation and Extras. Gets Insurance group, Value and CAP Id and codes, amongst others.

Insurance. Retrieves ABI codes, 1st registration dates, Number of Previous keepers, amongst others.


Each one has numerous different data fields. Scroll down to see all the data available for each query.

Click here to see a comparison chart with all the fields laid out for easy viewing.


           Standard Vehicle Search - Data Availability
Field  Description  Example Output
VIN A Vehicle Identification Number, often shortened to VIN, or Chassis Number, is a unique code including a serial number, used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles, towed vehicles, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds.
Make  The manufacturer of the vehicle.  Ford
Model  The model of the vehicle.
Number of Doors  The number of doors on the vehicle.
Engine CC  The vehicle cylinder capacity (cc)  1198cc
6 month Tax Rate.  The cost of vehicle tax for 6 months  112.75
12 month Tax Rate. The cost of vehicle tax for 12 months  205
First Reg The date of first Registration
27 August 2008
Year Of Manufacture. The year the vehicle was manufactured 2008
 CO2 Emissions. Carbon Dioxide Emissions 145 g/km
Fuel Type The fuel the vehicle uses Petrol (Can also be Diesel & Electric)
Tax Status Current Tax Status Not taxed
Transmission The vehicle transmission Manual
Colour The Vehicle colour Red
Type Approval The vehicle category classification M1
Wheel Plan The vehicle wheel plan 2 AXLE RIGID BODY
Revenue Weight The vehicle’s confirmed maximum gross weight 1850kg
Tax Details Vehicle tax information Tax due: 08 March 2016
MOT Details MOT expiry day 24th April 2018
Valid Tax Is the tax valid? false
Valid MOT Is the MOT valid? true



           MOT History - Example Search results

Date First Used: 23 July 2009
Fuel Type: Diesel
Colour: Silver
Test Reports:

    Test Date: 25 March 2015
    Expiry Date:   (None, it failed!)
    Test Result: Fail
    Mileage: 74813
    MOT Test Number: 157384685012
    Advisory Items:
        Front Brake pad(s) wearing thin (3.5.1g)
        Front brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (3.5.1i)
        Rear brake disc worn, pitted or scored, but not seriously weakened (3.5.1i)
        Rear Brake pad(s) wearing thin (3.5.1g
        Nearside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)
        Offside Front Suspension arm rubber bush deteriorated but not resulting in excessive movement (2.4.G.2)
    Failure Items:
        Nearside Front Tyre tread depth below requirements of 1.6mm (4.1.E.1)
        Offside Front Tyre tread depth below requirements of 1.6mm (4.1.E.1)
        Front Brakes imbalanced across an axle (3.7.B.5b)
        Nearside Front Windscreen wiper does not clear the windscreen effectively (8.2.2)
    Test Date: 24 June 2014
    Expiry Date: 23 July 2015
    Test Result: Pass
    Mileage: 63643
    Mot Test Number: 195455474181
    Advisory Items:
    Failure Items:
    Test Date: 23 July 2013
    Expiry Date: 23 July 2014
    Test Result: Pass
    Mileage: 52191
    Mot Test Number: 198414503254
    Advisory Items:
    Failure Items:


               Tyre Search - Example Search Results.

Year: 2009
Front Tyres:  

    Width: 235
    Ratio: 55
    Rim: R17
    Speed Rating: H
    Psi: 29
    Load Index: 99

   Width: 235
   Ratio: 50
   Rim: R18
    Speed Rating: H
    Psi: 29
    Load Index: 97

Rear Tyres:

    Width: 235
    Ratio: 55
    Rim: R17
    Speed Rating: H
    Psi: 29
    Load Index : 99

    Width: 235
    Ratio: 50
    Rim: R18
    Speed Rating: H
    Psi: 29
    Load Index:97

                             Valuation - Available Fields
Example Output
Make The vehicle manufacturer Ford
Model The vehicle model Focus
Engine Size The vehicle cylinder capacity (cc) 1560
Number of Seats The number of seats in the vehicle 5
Transmission The vehicle transmission type. Automatic or Manual. Manual
Imported Determines whether this vehicle is an import. Response is either true or false. False
Body Type There are different types of body styles available in the UK like Estates, Sedans, SUVs, Coupes, Convertibles, Hatchbacks, Wagons, Multi-utility vehicle or Multi-purpose vehicle. 5 DOOR HATCHBACK
Insurance Group The car insurance group value tells you which insurance group your car sits in. Insurance groups range from 1-50 and the lower the group the lower the insurance cost     the higher the group the higher the insurance cost. If unknown, the field is empty. 25
Price A private reseller value for the car. This is based on a number of factors, such as the MOT history (for mileage and condition), the previous number of owners and calculations from a partnership with insurance companies. 6875.00
Description An extended version of the overall vehicle description with the key fields. The description is made up of the year, make, extended model, engine size, fuel type, number of doors and transmission. 2013 Ford Focus Zetec Tdci (116), 1560CC Diesel, 5DR, Manual
Steering The side of which the steering column is found. Returns either “RHD” for right hand drive or “LHD” for left hand drive. RHD
Fuel The fuel type of the vehicle. Response values are diesel     petrol     electric. Diesel
Year The year the vehicle was registered with the DVLA. 2013
Number of Doors Number of doors on the vehicle. Can return 0 if the value is unknown. 5
Cap ID The CAP id is a unique vehicle identifier as a sequential number and is unique to the database only (car, lcv etc) so may be found in other databases. Please see for a more in depth description. 50252
Cap Code The CAP code is a unique 20 character alpha-numeric code structure detailing vehicle characteristics for cars. Please see for a more in depth description. FOFO16ZE5HDTM4



                      Insurance - Available fields

Example Output

 ABI Code For information on ABI codes please refer to documentation from the Association of British Insurers  
 Make The vehicle manufacturer Honda
 Model The vehicle model CBR 600 F (M-W)
Engine CC The vehicle cylinder capacity (cc) 998 cc
Body Type There are different types of body styles available in the UK like Estates, Sedans, SUVs, Coupes, Convertibles, Hatchbacks, Wagons, Multi-purpose vehicle SCOOTER COMBINATION
Transmission The vehicle transmission MANUAL
Colour The vehicle colour YELLOW , BLACK
Fuel The vehicle fuel type PETROL
Imported Determines whether this vehicle is an import. Response is either true or false. False
Date 1st Reg The date when the vehicle was first registered with the DVLA. 9 SEPTEMBER 1997
Keeper Start Date The most recent keeper date on the V5C 11 APRIL 2014
Previous Keepers The number of previous keepers 5

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