Category: Buy & Sell

Car Jargon Explained

When it comes to buying a car it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the different jargon and slang sellers use. What exactly is a dipper or a gorilla? So to help you along the way we’ve put together a a clever car jargon buster!  Car Jargon Explained Nosebleed: This refers to a vehicle that’s had […]

How to Barter a Bargain

If you’re in the market for a new car, the way you ask certain questions can make a real difference when clinching a good deal. We’ve put together a simple guide on how to barter a bargain. The trick to  good negotiation is to make sure the private seller or dealer knows you’re a serious […]

How a car check can save you from buying a cloned car

Car cloning is an illegal practise and unfortunately a problem in the used car market. Fraudsters sell cloned cars to either make a fast profit or to avoid receiving tickets (ie: parking tickets, speed camera fines, and congestion charges) as these would go to the registered keeper (the car of which the identity was stolen). […]

What profession would you most trust buying a car from?

When asked what profession a used car buyer would most trust buying from when looking for a used car in the private market, one in four buyers said they would most trust a vicar. Surprisingly, only 19% voted a motor mechanic the most trustworthy person to buy a used car from, however, this was the second […]

How To Tell If A Car Is Stolen

Last year, fewer cars were stolen in the UK than at any time in the last half a century. But there were still almost 70,000 cars separated illegally from their owners, some of which will have been broken for parts or shipped overseas. A large proportion of these stolen cars will have been sold on to […]

The Roof Comes Off But So Do The Miles

As British Summer Time Fast Approaches, HPI Urges Convertible Car Buyers to Check for a Chequered History Over the last decade the UK has seen the number of convertible cars on its roads increase by a staggering 1182%*, confirming Britain’s passion for ‘making hay whilst the sun shines’. However, HPI is warning convertible-loving used car […]


HPI offers used car buyers a guide on how to purchase an insurance write-off that is not only safe to be on the road, but could save them 50% off the ticket price. HPI, provider of the HPI Check®, uncovers 649 vehicles per day for sale, which have been declared insurance write-offs, but says “not […]

Buying A Car With Outstanding Finance On It

We’re supposed to be living in an age of austerity, and if you believe the papers, a worrying proportion of us are in the red. Despite this, new car sales are increasing every month – so how can this be? The answer is simple; it’s all down to the ready availability of credit, and in […]

10 Warning Signs When Buying A Second-Hand Car

Buying a used car can be very stressful, but if you’re methodical about things there’s little to fear. The key is to make a series of basic checks, any one of which will highlight whether or not the car is likely to be a safe bet. So if you go to look at a second-hand […]

Don’t Fall Victim To Motor Fraud

When you’re buying a used car you need to have your wits about you, as there are some nasty people out there intent on defrauding you. We told you about the dangers of buying a car that’s still on finance in our recent blog (a practice sometimes known as asset fraud) (, but there are […]