The haunting of a car's past

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Many people who are buying cars across the UK are not being told of the full history of their new vehicle, according to a new investigation undertaken by HPI.

The company looked into the history that people are told about a vehicle, and discovered that one out of every three cars have something to hide. This could mean that, if they are safety related, there could be a risk of injury and car insurance claims.

HPI carried out checks of over 10 million vehicles in 2011 as it found that many dodgy dealers are still trying to keep something from those who are buying the vehicles.

Worryingly, four per cent of cars sold are already certified as an insurance write-off, meaning that they have been involved in a bad accident, without the new owner knowing.

Kristian Welch, consumer director for HPI, said: "It's alarming to see used car buyers are still exposed to danger when looking to invest their hard-earned cash in a new set of wheels. "
Earlier this month, HPI launched a new smartphone service which allows people to check the value of vehicles online.

Posted by Noel Martin

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