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Would you buy a car via a mobile app?

For years, the golden rule that has applied when buying a car is that you should always try before you buy, yet an increasing number of consumers are prepared to purchase a new or second-hand vehicle without first putting it to the test. As part of our research into the future of motoring, we quizzed … Continued

Convertibles under £10k

10 ‘drop tops’ for under £10k

Now the sun has finally put in a long overdue appearance, we’ve compiled a list of convertibles that motorists can pick up for under £10k. Motoring expert Clive Wilson* identifies ten cars that are relatively cheap to acquire, great for enjoying the sunshine and could even potentially be a good investment in some cases. Here’s … Continued

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TV’s Greatest Ever Car Adverts

Here we reveal our top ten list of TV car adverts following a poll amongst its team of motoring editors and analysts. Derren Martin, head of current valuations at HPI, said: “Over the years we’ve seen some outstanding, memorable car adverts ranging from the epic and Hollywood blockbuster-esque to the more subtle and clever.  Sometimes … Continued

Electric Cars Survey

The HPI Check Electric Vehicle Study

Electric vehicles (EVs) are getting more and more popular around the world. And it’s easy to see why. They provide a greener and more efficient alternative to some of the vehicles currently dominating our roads. But not everyone is convinced by them, with many drivers giving electric cars a wide swerve when it comes to … Continued

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8 Future Classics for Under £10k

Take a look at our list of vehicles which we think could prove to be future classics. Motoring expert Clive Wilson identifies eight cars that are relatively cheap to acquire are holding their values and could potentially become future collectors’ items, representing a potentially good buy for people willing to invest. Mr Wilson said: “There … Continued

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Should I Buy an Electric Car?

If you’re about to sign up for a new car, whether it’s as an outright purchase or on a PCP, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed by the number of different models to choose from – as well as the growing number of fuel types. As well as petrol and diesel there are hybrid and electric cars, … Continued

Celebrating 80 years of cap-hpi!

This year is a big one for HPI, as the company is celebrating 80 years of being the go-to brand for used car buyers to check that potential purchase doesn’t have a hidden past. We’ve seen a lot of changes in that time, with data moving online, the amount of information contained in an HPI … Continued

What Are the Biggest Driver Distractions?

Driving requires a high level of concentration to stay safe, be aware of hazards and react accordingly. Yet a lot of drivers become distracted when behind the wheel, whether due to being in a rush on the morning commute and attempting to drink coffee or losing focus and letting their mind wander. Recently the law … Continued

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The changing fortunes of the Toyota Prius

We’ve had a flurry of emails from people over recent weeks, asking about Toyota Prius values. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the marketplace right now, about whether values of this all-conquering hybrid family car will go up because of the current focus on air quality. Or will they go down because of the turmoil … Continued

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New Car Prices Rise 38% in Last Decade

Analysis by automotive data experts cap hpi has revealed the average price of a new car has risen 38% over the last decade. The average offered price of cars has increased from £24,383 in February 2008 to £33,559 in February 2018. The experts argue that while cars sold today are fitted with much more technology, … Continued

New MOT Rules for Diesel cars, emissions, MOT Test

Tougher MOT for Diesels Launches in May

As poor air quality becomes an ever bigger problem in towns and cities across the UK, the government has launched a crack down on dirty diesel cars in a bid to improve things. From 20 May, a more stringent MOT test will make it much harder for poorly maintained or illegally modified diesel cars to … Continued

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How to Spot and Avoid a Car Scam

Awareness is key to enjoying a stress-free used car buying experience. Use our guide below to spot any tell tale car scam signs and learn how to stay safe when buying a used car. If you’re armed with facts, buying a used car can be the joyful and satisfying experience that it should be. Common … Continued

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2018 MOT test changes

A tougher set of MOT test rules will be introduced on 20 May, making it harder for your car to get through the annual roadworthiness check. We’ll detail what those changes are below, but if you need to get up to speed on what the MOT is and how it works, our previous blog on … Continued

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How to Stay Safe when Buying a Used Car

  HPI is here to make buying a used car less stressful, and we like to be positive, but we’re not going to lie: you really need to have your wits about you at purchase time, because there are lots of people out there intent on stitching you up. Every day we perform thousands of … Continued

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Car Scams under the Spotlight

Buying a used car can be a stressful experience as it’s difficult to know a car’s history simply by looking at it. Scammers go to great lengths to pull the wool over the eyes of an unsuspecting car buyer and it’s a problem that isn’t going away any time soon. Every year we check millions … Continued

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Vehicle Depreciation: Petrol or Diesel

With so many factors to consider, there’s no right or wrong answer when deciding whether to buy a petrol or diesel car.  Much will depend on your planned usage and whether the car meets your needs. Understanding how well a vehicle holds its value is an important factor for many car buyers, particularly in the … Continued

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The new driving test

On 4 December an overhauled driving test was introduced across the UK – and it was met with strikes by examiners who reckoned the changes were not a step in the right direction. Compared with the previous test, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) which oversees the test introduced four key changes: