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What is a HPI check?

What is a HPI check?

Saffron Wilson

Saffron Wilson

  • 09 June, 2019
  • 1 min read

Every one of our 9,000+ vehicles in stock across the country has undergone a HPI check to ensure that you, our customers, are getting a fantastic vehicle (with no nasty surprises). After all, if anything isn’t tip-top in our HPI check, the car never makes it to the showroom.

But, what is a HPI check? What does it entail?

What is a HPI check?

A HPI check, in essence, checks the history of the car. So, you would know whether there was a chequered past that might’ve caught up with you!

What are the elements included in a HPI check?

Whether the car is:

  • Stolen
  • Scrapped
  • Imported or exported
  • An insurance write off

Whether the car has:

  • Outstanding finance
  • The wrong mileage or has been ‘clocked’
  • A number plate change


  • The number of owners it has had
  • A logbook check
  • VIN check
  • MOT history check

This is essential if you are buying a used car. Imagine if you bought a new vehicle with outstanding finance? You’d be paying for the car yourself and would have someone else’s debt on top! Auto Express published an article explaining that the amount of used cars that still have outstanding finance is now 1 in 3 – so that’s a real threat on the used car market.

But you can rest assured when you’re buying from us that all of the above has been checked, verified and can be trusted!