About HPI

All vehicle history checks are not the same. If you want a vehicle history check carried out by the real experts, always insist on a vehicle data check carried out by HPI and look for the official HPI logo.

HPI have been checking the histories of used cars since 1938. We were the first to introduce this invaluable service and our many years of experience in the industry means that our HPI Check® service represents the very best in vehicle history checks.

Why HPI is important

HPI'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 legal and will really belong to the people who buy them.

As well as confirming whether a vehicle has outstanding car finance, is recorded as stolen, clocked or has previously been written-off, HPI's used car check also confirms many other details, including the make, model, colour, door plan, and engine size. Our data checks that these match the descriptions recorded against the vehicle at the time of manufacture, protecting the interests of the motorist and helping dealers meet their legal obligations. We also have access to the National Mileage Register, the UK's largest database of mileages, to alert car buyers and dealers to potential mileage discrepancies.

The way forward

Today, most manufacturers include HPI vehicle registration checks as part of their approved used car programmes. And since our online service was launched, 60% of all our vehicle status checks are now processed by HPI on the internet. As the pioneers of used car history checks, HPI will continue to invest in new technology to provide dealers and used car buyers with the most reliable information, and strive to make access to vehicle information even easier.

Historic Beginnings

HPI was formed in 1938, when the fraudulent re-financing of motorcars was becoming a real problem. The six main lenders gathered data on their hire purchase agreements, to ensure that people couldn't repeatedly use their cars as security for multiple loans.

Registered in England No.4068979
Registered office HPI Limited, Dolphin House, New Street, Salisbury SP1 2PH

HPI Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in respect of insurance mediation activities, registration number 502487.

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