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A personalised number plate could be the perfect gift for someone special this Valentine’s Day, but used car buyers need to watch out warns vehicle information expert HPI.
This week, HPI are warning used car buyers to avoid getting a broken heart by purchasing a vehicle with something to hide.
During the past year, more than 1 in 5 cars checked by HPI have had at least one number plate change, and whilst a lot of the changes have been to personalise a vehicle, dishonest sellers could also be using the plate change as a way to hide a vehicle’s true identity.
Only by conducting a vehicle history check can used car buyers be certain about the true status of a vehicle. At Trusted Dealers, all of the cars our dealers sell have been HPI or Experian checked to make sure that our customers walk away with added peace of mind that the vehicle they have bought is completely genuine.
We also offer our customers our unique 10 Points of Difference promise which covers a number of additional checks to vehicles to include theft and write off checks, a finance settlement check, a mechanical check and a mileage check. In this way we can guarantee than none of our cars have been lost or stolen, or involved in any accidents prior to resale.
Shane Teskey, Senior Consumer Services Manager at www.hpicheck.com, said: “With over 39 million personalised plates to choose from at the DVLA, it’s a fun gift for a potential Valentine and most plate changes are honest. However, some sellers have more sinister motives, putting used car buyers at risk of losing their cash and the car, if it turns out to be stolen.
“A plate change could be hiding a cloned vehicle. This is when a stolen car is given the identity of a legitimate vehicle to disguise its stolen status. The www.hpicheck.com cross-references the Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM) and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) – otherwise known as the chassis number – matching them against the vehicle’s official history to see if it all correlates, as well as checking its previous plates. This should uncover any discrepancies and save buyers from making a costly mistake.”