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Need vehicle data - tried these?

Here's a couple of packages that can make part numbers that bit easier.

Do you struggle with part numbers. Let’s face it, part numbers can vary extensively, even on an individual model, so having access to accurate vehicle data is essential these days.

Most of us are more than aware of Thatcham’s parts data but we have heard reports of various access issues. Readers have told us about these two packages that they are happy with, so they may be worth a look.

First off is carweb This is part of the Solera group of companies who also own HPI, Pinnacle and many other related businesses. Naturally they claim carweb to be wonderful, but they do offer a free trial so i’s worth taking a look.

carweb is a VRN look up system and it is quite widely used by auto recyclers for finding details about vehicles.

There are a range of cost options. Some members pay per look-up while others pay a flat monthly fee (£25+VAT) which gives an unlimited number of look-ups.

Carweb is also ideal for helping check vehicle data for issuing Certificates of Destruction.


The other package is partslink24, again widely used by auto recyclers. This is a German site but it’s in English and the details are current for UK models.

They claim partslink24 is complete with up-to-date data on genuine parts, provided by the participating manufacturers. Looking at the list, the vast majority are there. Partslink24 also includes country specific recommended retail prices and personalised discounted prices from your dealer.

So, if you need technical parts information and OE prices, then partslink24 is worth a look. You search by VIN which gives engine codes, gearbox codes and paint codes. The cost is around £20+VAT per month.

If any readers use these or other systems, we would like to hear your comments. Email the editor here.

July 2016

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