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Don’t buy a Halloween Horror

With witching season upon us, we want to protect buyers from cars that may go bump in the night. Horror stories aren’t just for halloween, 1 in 3 cars checked by HPI uncovers a gory history. This shows that some sellers have more tricks than treats for unsuspecting buyers.  If you’re in the market for a […]

A step by step guide to car auctions

Daytime TV has shown us the good deals on offer at auction houses and the bargains consumers can bag. Car auctions aren’t just for motor dealers; it’s a great place for private buyers to find their dream car at a reduced price. If you’ve never been to an auction don’t worry, we’ve put together a […]

How does a little black box reduce your insurance?

Whilst scouring the web for insurance quotes, you’ve probably come across two little words – ‘black box’. But what exactly is this black box and why should you install it in your car? Black box insurance (also known as telematics) has been around since 2008 and can help driver’s reduce their insurance.  In a report […]

Employee Car Horror Stories from HPI

At HPI, we’ve had a few of our own horror stories when it comes to dodgy cars. We take a look at the people behind the HPI Check and their past experiences in buying without a vehicle history check – before working for HPI. Sue Benson our key account manager bought her Ford Escort fresh […]

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 […]

Car Clocking – BBC1′s The One Show Investigates

BBC’s ‘The One Show’ featured the growing epidemic that is car clocking. At HPI we continue to see odometer discrepancies on 1 in 20 of the reports we issue – that’s a 3% increase on 2013. HPI and the BBC investigate Car clocking describes the practice of artificially reducing (or increasing) the mileage reading displayed […]

1 in 3 Cars has a Hidden History

January can bring used car bargains, but don’t be fooled by a low price and shiny paintwork. From our data we’ve found that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden history. This month used car buyers could bag themselves a bargain if they add a vehicle to their ‘January Sales’ shopping list. January is traditionally […]

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 […]