What is CRiS?
For added security all Swift caravans are registered with the Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS), the UK’s official database of caravans and their owners. CRiS is operated by HPI on behalf of the National Caravan Council, with full industry and Home Office support caravanners can hit the road with peace of mind.
Since 1992, all purchasers of new Swift Group caravans are automatically registered with CRiS.
How CRiS Operates
CRiS operates in a similar way to the DVLA for cars, providing you with the benefit of a registration document and a record of ownership of your caravan. With its unique industry connections, CRiS also maintains information relating to any interest held by finance and insurance companies - essential should your caravan become part of the national theft statistics.
Swift Group caravans not only carry the unique 17 digit CRiS Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) die stamped into the chassis, but windows are also etched with the VIN and an electronic tag embedded within the bodywork for extra security. Only the police and enforcement agencies have direct access to the location of the tag and the means to read the VIN programmed within it.
Specialist insurance companies increasingly require registration with CRiS before granting cover and when you come to sell your caravan your CRiS registration will prove invaluable. Not only does CRiS offer you all the benefits of registering yourself as the owner, but it offers opportunities for prospective purchasers, both trade and public, to check out the legitimacy of a used caravan offered to them for sale. Caravan thefts do occur, so owners can’t afford to take any risks. It is essential for anyone looking to buy a caravan to invest in security.
What a CRiS Check Provides
If you’re looking to buy a used caravan
Check it out
Don't judge a book by its cover.
No matter how good a caravan may look on the outside (or the inside!), it could be carrying baggage you can't see.
A CRiS Check will:
- Compare details of the caravan you are interested in buying with the CRiS registered keeper database confirming make, model, number of axles, colour, number of former owners and current registered owner.
- Informs you if the caravan is recorded as stolen, subject to outstanding finance or has suffered serious accident damage and 'written-off' by an insurance company.
To conduct a CRIS Check for just £14.95¹ call 01722 411 430
¹ Price correct as at 12th July 2012.
What CRiS provides caravan owners
If you’re a caravan owner, CRiS:
- Provides a record of ownership
- Helps the police to return stolen caravans and their contents back to the rightful owner
- Provides registration documentation to authenticate your keepership
If you’ve purchased a pre-owned caravan, keep it safe – make sure YOU register yourself as owner.
Once a successful purchase has been made, it is important that the new owner then registers themselves with CRIS. You should have been passed the CRiS Registration Document by the seller – if not ASK WHY!