The used car market can be a difficult place to shop as it is a gigantic marketplace. Unfortunately, there are many fraudulent sellers, unsafe and even dangerous automobiles to avoid. This can make finding a vehicle a daunting prospect and especially if you have not done it before.
It is important to use your wits when looking at used cars. If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. It is, of course, vital that you give the vehicle a thorough inspection and take it for a test drive. But even this will not guarantee that it is a smart purchase. It can be impossible to tell a vehicle’s history simply by looking at it. This is why it is essential that you get a vehicle history check carried out.
History Checks A vehicle history check should always be carried out by Cap HPI as this will provide comprehensive and up to date information about the car in question. Astonishingly, 1 in 3 vehicles that are checked have some kind of hidden history so it is obvious why this is such an important stage in the used car buying process.
What is Revealed?
So, what exactly can an HPI check reveal? You will find out if the car has outstanding finance on it, if it has previously been reported as stolen, if it has been previously written off , the number of previous owners and any number plate changes. In addition to this, it will also highlight any mileage discrepancies, check for issues against the VIN and number plate and other checks. Not only this, but an HPI check can also provide accurate and up to date vehicle valuations to make sure that you are not being overcharged.
Essentially, an HPI check is the first line of defense against used car scams and motor fraud. Unfortunately, there are many scams currently in use which can trick unexpected motorists into purchasing dangerous and/or illegal vehicles. A few of the more common scams include clocking, cut n shuts and clones, but there are many more to be aware of too. In addition to protecting you against these and other scams, an HPI Check can provide a motorist with peace of mind which you cannot put a price on.
Buying a used car can be intimidating. Especially when there are so many horror stories of motorists buying unsafe or illegal cars or being ripped off.
By combining a thorough examination, a test drive and a vehicle history check (along with your natural instinct), you can make an intelligent decision about any used car whilst sidestep-ping used car scams and fraudulent sellers. You can also discover an accurate valuation to make sure that you pay the right price for the car.