Why HPI is important
The purpose of this guide is to explain what the dealer HPI report shows and what it means.
HPI is the Uk's longest established and best known vehicle check company.
It's role in the second-hand car market is crucial. It provides private car buyers, car dealers, finance houses, and the insurance industry with access to information on all UK registered vehicles. Using HPI ensures that vehicles are:
- Not stolen
- Not accident damaged
- Clear of finance
and will really belong to the people who buy them!
What the dealer sees
The various symbols and their meanings are shown below:
- Vehicle ID Do the registration number and chassis number check out?
- Plate transfer Has the car had a plate change during it's life e.g. a cherished number?
- Security watch Has there been any suspicious activity concerning the documentation for the car?
- Stolen Does the registration number and chassis number check out?
- Finance Is there any outstanding HP or other finance?
- Condition Alert Has the vehicle been writte-off or sustained major damage?
- Condition Theft Has the vehicle been recorded as stolen?
The report also details further information taken from the V5 data recorded at DVLA:
Any professional motor dealer should be able to provide a prospective customer with this report, and as a matter of course Toptemple provides this information in all our eBay listings.