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HPI jargon buster

HPI’s used car jargon buster helps consumers understand key selling phrases

Sometimes deciphering used car adverts can seem as if you’re trying to understand a foreign language. HPI, the provider of, is helping used car buyers avoid being lost in translation, when it comes to shopping around for a bargain with all the key features. Scanning through the classified ads in print or online, buyers may need to know the difference between a ‘leggy’ vehicle and one with plenty of ‘ICE’. HPI’s jargon buster offers a quick guide to used car buyers so they can understand the true meaning behind car slang. Senior Consumer Services Manager, Shane Teskey, says, “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the abbreviations and slang that pepper the used car ads. However, a little bit of research goes a long way to help buyers navigate the key terms and more importantly, can raise any potential warnings.”

Things to watch out for:

Nosebleed: This refers to a vehicle that’s had accident damage to its front end. Potential buyers need to make sure any repairs have been done properly and should consider getting a professional opinion.

Ringer: This is car that has been given the identity of another vehicle, typically one that has been written off, to disguise the fact that it has been stolen. Casual crooks sometimes just change the number plate – professional thieves will usually “ring” the VIN too.

Clone: Another way to disguise the identity of a stolen car is through cloning. This means using the identity of a legitimate vehicle that is the same make and model as the stolen one by “stealing” its VIN and number plate details and applying them to the stolen vehicle. So there will be two or more cars on the road with apparently the same identity.

Cut’n’Shut: When you buy a stolen car, your pocket may suffer, but if you buy a cut ‘n’ shut it could damage your health as well as your bank balance. This is the term used by the motor trade for a car that is made up of two crashed or ‘written off’ cars. The back end of one is welded to the front end of another to look like new, but the vehicle is likely to be unroadworthy and probably worthless when you come to sell it.

Blow-over: Used vehicles that have been given a rough and ready re-spray – sometimes indicating the car has had a colour change. At best the seller is trying to cover up repair work; at worst, they could be trying to hide its true identity. Look for “pinholes”, filler marks and paint runs.

Used Car Slang

• A dipper – a deposit
• A Gorilla – £500
• Duel Fuel – a car that will run on more than one fuel, usually LPG/petrol or electric/petrol
• FAR – front arm rest
• I Left hooker – left hand drive vehicle
• ICE – In car entertainment, anything from a CD player to a TV and video!
• Skin and wind – air conditioning and leather upholstery

Rhyming Slang
• Danny Marr – car
• Sausage and Mash – cash
• Gooses’ Neck –cheque
• Bugs Bunny – money
• Haddock and Bloater – motor
• Ken Boon – 4 door-saloon

Shane Teskey concludes, “Our jargon buster will help consumers to buy with a little more confidence. You can never be too prepared, as used car buying always comes with risks. If you don’t understand the description in the advert then you’re putting all your trust in the seller who may be trying to hide the hidden history of the car. The HPI Check is the best way to ensure that bargain car isn’t hiding a multitude of sins.

“Too many people hand over their cash too quickly and live to regret it, if they buy a vehicle that turns out to be reported as stolen, hiding accident damage or has a fraudulent mileage. Better to be safe than sorry and get it checked before splashing the cash on a potential banger.”

The HPI Check includes a mileage check against the National Mileage Register as standard, now with over 170 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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Notes to Editors:

Hannah Talbot, Madeleine Roles or Justine Hoadley
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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 170 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 2014
(2) Mileage Data is not covered by The HPI Guarantee
*(3) The HPI Guarantee is subject to terms and conditions

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