About this website

How Many Left is a database and search engine of statistics about car, motorcycle and commercial vehicle models registered with the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the United Kingdom.

My aim with this website is to make public data more accessible to the average motoring enthusiast. If you have any feedback, or if you spot any errors - please feel free to contact me. My details are at the bottom of every page.

Which cars are in the database?

The database covers all vehicles that have a valid tax disc or a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). It doesn't cover cars that were off the road prior to the introduction of SORN, or cars that have never been registered on the road since manufacture.

If you can't find your car, it doesn't mean that the DVLA thinks it doesn't exist!

Most vehicles are listed under the make and model recorded on their V5 documents. In some cases though, the make and model name isn't properly recorded and the the vehicle will be counted under one of the following alternative categories:

  • Another similar model from the same manufacturer. eg. The author's old Subaru Legacy GT-B was counted as a Subaru Legacy, because the GT-B is a Japanese model that was never sold in the UK.
  • The 'Missing' model from the same manufacturer. eg. A Bugatti Veyron is counted as a 'Bugatti - Missing', because the Veyron model hasn't been registered on the DVLA database.
  • An 'Other' make and model. eg. A Pagani Zonda is counted as an 'Other Italian - Missing', because the Pagani make hasn't been registered on the DVLA database.

What does 'Missing' mean?

The explanation that follows is from a draft guidance document to be published shortly by the Department for Transport (as soon as it's published, I'll add a link to it on this page).

It should be noted that the make and model names as given in the tables is exactly the same as recorded by DVLA and (in the vast majority of cases) will be identical to what appears on the V5 document.

As outlined in section 3, there are some conditions under which individual vehicles either have no model name or it is seemingly incorrect:

Modern vehicles which are on general sale in the UK have DVLA model names as defined by manufacturers. This usually does not include Mark (Mk., or version) numbers so in most cases it is usually impossible to distinguish between vehicles of the same model name but of a different Mk. number. Similarly, manufacturers may not choose to use the full model name within the description.

Vehicles from before 1963 are less likely to have a specific model name or any model name at all. Model names would only have existed if the manufacturer created one at the time.

No model codes exist for imported vehicles or models which have not been on general sale in the UK (or are sold in the UK under a different make or model name). In these cases the DVLA operator will either try to find the nearest, sensible, match to the name as written on the V55 form, or will record the vehicle in the ‘model missing’ box. The former is often done when keepers want something to appear on the V5 document for insurance purposes. The nearest match would usually be a shorter, more generic term for the vehicle.

Small-volume manufacturers who do not take part in SMMT’s coding scheme will often register their vehicles without model names. This is also very common for commercial vehicles.

Multi stage build vehicles (especially motor caravans): if these vehicles are converted by body builders in the UK they are likely to have model information relating to the base chassis but if they are imported to the UK as a finished vehicle they are unlikely to be coded.

Any vehicle of a given model name which cannot be located in the data tables will most likely be included in the ‘model missing’ categories.

How accurate is the data?

As with all large government databases, there are errors in this dataset (especially since quite a lot of the data for older vehicles is based on paper records that were originally maintained by local authorities).

The most common error that crops up is vehicles that don't have exactly the correct model variant recorded on their V5 registration document. For example, a special edition Peugeot 205 Gentry might only have Peugeot 205 recorded on its V5. This can lead to some model variants appearing to be rarer than they actually are.

The key to understanding whether or not the data is accurate for your particular model is to check the model name on its V5 registration document. If it's not what you expect it to be, then it's likely that the DVLA statistics for that model aren't very accurate!

This happens more often with older vehicles, especially for those that would have originally been registered in the 1970s and earlier.

What does 'date for first registration' mean?

Date of first registration is the date that a vehicle first became known to the DVLA. This is usually the same as the year the car was built.

Imports will be counted under the year they were brought into the UK, and some restored classic vehicles will be counted under the year they were brought back on the road.

Where does the data come from?

The data is based on the "Vehicle licensing statistics" data published by the Department for Transport, which in turn is extracted from the DVLA's vehicle database.

The following tables of statistics are used:

  • VEH0120 Licensed vehicles by make and model, Great Britain, quarterly from 1994
  • VEH0121 Vehicles with a Statutory Off Road Notification by make and model, Great Britain, quarterly from 1997
  • VEH0124 Licensed cars by make and model, by year of first registration, Great Britain, annually from 2010
  • VEH0125 Cars with a Statutory Off Road Notification by make and model, by year of first registration, Great Britain, annually from 2010
  • VEH0126 Licensed cars by make and model, by year of manufacture, Great Britain, annually from 2011
  • VEH0127 Cars with a Statutory Off Road Notification by make and model, by year of manufacture, Great Britain, annually from 2011
  • VEH0160 Vehicles registered for the first times by make and model, Great Britain, annually from 2001
  • VEH0220 Licensed cars by make, model and engine capacity, Great Britain, annually from 2010
  • VEH0221 Cars with a Statutory Off Road Notification by make, model and engine capacity, Great Britain, annually from 2011

You can download the original data here