Hoping for a sweet 16 on the March plate change?
HPI offers used car buying tips to avoid buying a vehicle with something to hide
The March plate change brings a swathe of used vehicles onto the market, as people upgrade their car. Used car buyers looking for a sweet 16 bargain could be in for a nasty surprise, if they don’t bother to protect themselves from the risks, warns HPI provider of the HPI Check®. Shiny paintwork and all the latest in-car gadgets can turn heads, but HPI urges used car buyers to conduct a vehicle history check to be sure that bargain is as sweet as it looks.
“More than one in five vehicles checked with HPI in the past year have had at least one number plate change,” explains Neil Hodson, Deputy Managing Director for cap hpi. “Whilst a plate change could be simply to personalise the vehicle, dodgy sellers call also change plates to hide a car’s true identity.”
A car that’s had a plate change could be hiding a multitude of issues. Buyers can find themselves out of pocket, if they have mistakenly purchased a stolen car or one that’s still on outstanding finance. The police or the finance house could seize the vehicle, resulting in the unsuspecting buyer losing both the car and the money they paid for it. Similarly, an insurance write-off that’s been patched up with new plates could be hiding serious mechanical or structural faults. But buyers don’t have to take the risk.
Hodson concludes, “The March plate changes means there are lots of bargains to be had, as people trade in their current car for something new. The best way to be sure you don’t buy a car hiding something sinister under the bonnet or in its past, is to get a vehicle history check. This way used car buyers can shop with confidence this March.”
The HPI Check gives used car buyers the confidence they need to shop around knowing they can find out a vehicle’s hidden history with the click of a button. In addition to confirming if a vehicle has been written off, the HPI Check includes a mileage check against the National Mileage Register as standard, now with over 200 million mileage readings. It also confirms whether a vehicle is currently recorded as stolen with the police or has outstanding finance against it.
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