Why are CRiS checks important for your caravan?

We've got together with CRiS to help explain the importance of CRiS registration and checks.

CRiS and VIN CHIP™ help prevent and deter caravan crime and acts as a security check for buyers.

If you're looking to buy a second hand caravan, you can gain assurances that it's not been stolen and doesn't have any outstanding finance on it with a CRiS check.

Before you make a purchase, a CRiS Check will:

  • Check the name of registered keeper
  • Check if it has been reported as stolen
  • Check if it has outstanding finance
  • Check if it has been written off by insurers

If you already own a touring caravan, make sure you have your CRiS registration documents, especially when travelling abroad. It’s proof that you are the registered keeper.

If you don't have these documents, you can order these documents here.


Simply enter the details of the caravan you are considering and CRiS will provide you with the following information needed to make well-informed decisions:

Without doing a CRiS Check on a pre-owned touring caravan, there is a risk that in the future you may become aware that it is a stolen product which is not rightfully yours despite buying it from what you thought was the caravan’s owner.

If the caravan does in fact have outstanding finance, the process of selling it is illegal as the owner does not technically own it and it is not there’s to sell. If you were to go ahead and buy a caravan with finance on it, you would still not own it, and the finance company that does would require the finance to be settled, potentially meaning you owe much more than you had thought!

The CRiS Check will also highlight if the caravan has been written off by insurers. If it in fact has been written off, it will be split into two sections:

1: CAT A or B, these caravans have sustained substantial damage and cannot be registered and should only be scrapped/used for spares.

2: CAT C or D, these caravans have sustained damage which requires a CRiS AWS workshop to inspect the caravan (after any repair) to confirm the caravan is clear to register.

CRiS also advise that any caravans with a CAT C or D should be inspected before being used on the roads.

These results can help determine your next step, with any caravan previously being written off potentially costing you thousands of pounds on top of what you may have already paid for it.

All of the information above helps builds an accurate picture of the caravans past, allowing you to be sure that you’re making a safe purchase.

Start your CRiS Check online here for just £17.95

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