Buying a 'new used car'? You need an HPI check

If you’re buying a new car, it’s important to make sure you’re getting exactly what is being advertised. Whether you’re buying from a showroom, local garage or privately from an individual, your new car could have a hidden history! HPI checks will reveal the history of your vehicle as well as give you an insight into the cost of owning and running it, so they’re well worth your time and money. Take a few moments to read our handy guide to HPI checks and we’ll explain why you should get one.

What is an HPI check?

HPI checks reveal the history of your car – most companies will use various sources to do this, such as the police, DVLA, insurance companies and garages. You’ll find out whether your car has even been stolen, involved in an accident, written off or if it has finance outstanding. You’ll also be able to verify the mileage, which means you’ll know whether this has been tampered with.

How much does it cost?

The cost of HPI checks can vary, so it’s important to shop around for the best deal. You’ll need some information about the car you’re intending to buy, and a quick search on Google will bring up plenty of companies offering car history checks, at varying prices. It’s a good idea to choose 2-3 websites and check out each one individually, to see what’s on offer and if they provide instant and complete history report. Make sure you look at how much the check costs, as well as what’s included for the price. You should also look online for customer reviews and testimonials. If you have any questions about the process, there’s usually a customer service number you can call to talk to someone in more detail; you can usually make payment over the phone too, if you prefer.

Is it worth it?

If you’re buying an expensive car, or even just a runaround for work, it’s well worth paying to have an HPI check carried out. If your car has existing finance on it which has fallen into arrears without your knowledge, it could be repossessed, leaving you out of pocket. If the mileage is wrong then you could find what seems to be a reliable vehicle with low mileage failing you. HPI checks are a great way to get the peace of mind that the vehicle you’re purchasing is exactly what you expect it to be.

Make sure that you choose a reputable website when shopping for HPI checks – read previous customer reviews, and don’t always choose the cheapest option. If you have any doubts about the credibility or reliability of the site, close the window and go elsewhere. There’s no point in paying for an HPI check that won’t be carried out thoroughly and professionally!


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