HPI Check app review

HPI Check app review

HPI is the most well know company for car check and HPI Check is the official app. It's available for free on Android and iPhone. All you need to be able to run a check is the full registration of the car you're looking at buying.

An HPI check, er, checks whether the car you're thinking about buying is dodgy. It checks the things which you can't always see with your eyes. See also: Auto Trader for iPad app review.

The apps itself is extremely simple because it doesn't need to be complicated. Once you download and open the app there is essentially just one screen cum landing page. Here's where you can enter the car registration and request a check. There is also a menu bar which has options for a new check, your history and settings.

The beauty of having the app is that if you're out and about looking at cars, you can do a check on the spot in a matter of seconds - as long as you have a data connection, of course.
So how much does it cost and what do you get? Although the app itself is free, an individual check for a vehicle costs £16.99 which you confirm after being present basic details such as make, model and year.

That might sound like a lot but if you're spending hundreds or thousands of pounds on a car then it's a small percentage to make sure you're not being misled. It is a few pounds cheaper than doing it on the web site too, although you don't get a valuation for the car and there's no option to buy multiple checks for a lower price.

Once you've purchased a check, the app quickly presents you with information on the car like whether it's reported stolen or has had the number plates changed. There's plenty of other information too such as colour changes, outstanding finance, number of former keepers, and whether the vehicle is marked as scrapped or imported.

A particularly handy section tells you the running costs such as how much road tax will cost and miles per gallon. It's an extremely thorough check if you can afford the cost. You can get checks cheaper elsewhere, such as the Auto Trader app, but the information is much more limited.

Where does the information come from? HPI uses various sources for its reports including the police, the DVLA, insurance companies, finance houses, industry bodies and garages.

For more information, visit HPI Check.

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HPI Check: Specs

  • iOS 6.0 or later: 4.7MB
  • Android 2.3 or later: 2.5MB
  • iOS 6.0 or later: 4.7MB
  • Android 2.3 or later: 2.5MB

OUR VERDICT

The HPI Check is a simple and easy to use app for those looking at buying a used car. The information is comprehensive and presented well making sure you avoid getting conned, if you can afford the fairly high cost.