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HPI is warning used car buyers to take a proper ‘butchers’ at any ‘haddock and bloater’ to avoid being out of ‘sky rocket’

In the current EastEnders storyline, Jay the mechanic faced a huge dilemma – should he blow the whistle on Phil Mitchell’s used car con or keep shtum? The infamous Mitchell brother has done a ‘jellied eel’ putting unsuspecting car dealer, Max Branning in the frame for selling the stolen stock. HPI, provider of the HPI Check®, warns used car buyers to protect themselves from the risk of buying a stolen vehicle by conducting a vehicle history check at

In the latest episode Max Branning decided to take the risk and sell the batch of stolen cars off the forecourt of second-hand dealership ‘Deals on Wheels’ which have been overhauled to hide their dodgy past. Although car dealer, Max Branning bought the vehicles in good faith, he has discovered their murky pasts and has decided not only to put his customers at risk but he could face a prison sentence. And if any of the cars are repossessed by the police, the buyer could lose the car and all their money, when the vehicle is returned to the rightful owner.

“With more than 30 cars each day checked with HPI by unsuspecting buyers turning out to be recorded as stolen with the Police, the latest EastEnders storyline is more fact than fiction,” explains Neil Hodson, Managing Director for HPI. “Buying a stolen vehicle is a very real risk for used car buyers. Real life fraudsters, like Phil Mitchell, continue to use more sophisticated methods to hide the true identity of stolen vehicles and fool consumers into parting with their hard-earned cash. We advise people to conduct an HPI Check to understand if the car has any hidden history to ensure they can walk away before any harm is done.”

The HPI Check includes a mileage check against the National Mileage Register as standard, now with over 200 million mileage readings. HPI also confirms whether a vehicle is currently recorded as stolen with the police, has outstanding finance against it or has been written-off, making it the best way for consumers to protect themselves from fraudsters looking to make a fast profit. In addition, the HPI Check offers a £30,000 Guarantee* in the event of the information it provides being inaccurate, offering added financial peace of mind to used car buyers.

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EastEnders' Jay Clocks Phil Mitchell's Stolen Car Scam

April 2015

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About HPI:

Originally established in 1938, HPI Limited is a primary source of vehicle information for the UK motor industry and motoring consumer which, since December 2008, has been owned by Solera Holdings, Inc. Solera Holdings, Inc. is an integrated group of leading automotive claims solutions companies. Founded in January 2005 by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Aquila, Solera has expanded its geographic reach and now serves more than 55,000 business customers in over 50 countries across six continents.

HPI encompasses both the HPI database of all UK road registered vehicle descriptions and histories, and the National Mileage Register (NMR) which holds in excess of 200 million mileage readings.

Together, HPI and NMR represent one of the UK's largest vehicle information sources, combining and interpreting data from government agencies, industry bodies, private organisations, the police and the general public. Registering with HPI helps companies to protect their financial interests in motor vehicles and a wide range of other mobile assets. HPI Checks give purchasers instant confirmation of whether vehicles are correctly described, known to be subject to outstanding finance or serious accident damage, or recorded as stolen or "clocked".

'HPI' and the HPI logo are registered trademarks of HPI Limited.
(1) All prices include VAT and are correct as of 2nd January 2015
(2) Mileage Data is not covered by The HPI Guarantee
(3) *The HPI Guarantee is subject to terms and conditions

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