Got a letter from HPI - Ben79
I got a letter from HPI on saturday, they wanted to know the exact date of purchase and sale of my car, exact mileage and number of owners.

Has anybody else had one of these letters? Does it mean that somebody is looking at buying the car?
Got a letter from HPI - Andrew-T
XB - nothing to worry about. There are a few agencies that make enquiries like that on behalf of prospective purchasers.
Got a letter from HPI - Armitage Shanks{P}
They are going to sell that information on - why not ask them for a fee and give it to charity if you don't want it yourself?
Got a letter from HPI - Andrew-T
AS - what information is so valuable that it has a resale value? They can get it all from DVLA except the true mileage at resale, which DVLA may also have already.
Got a letter from HPI - Mark (RLBS)
Or just pass the information on. You'd be grateful if someone had done the same for a car you were about to buy.

And since HPI have gone to the effort of collecting and holding teh information, it wouldn't bother me paying for it either.
Got a letter from HPI - Steve G
They are probably carrying out a NMR investigation on your old car.
There might be mileage 'flag' after a NMR request so there contacting all the previous keepers to verify mileage when each keeper sold the vehicle.
Costs the motortrade £5 for a check and then £5 for a investigation (if the check shows a problem),then a further £5 for each keeper is charged.
Got a letter from HPI - Armitage Shanks{P}
The information that is so valuable is whatever it is that they charge the public £40 for! I would happily give information to an individual who approached me about the history of a car I had owned but why give it to a firm, for nothing, when they sell it on?
Got a letter from HPI - Mark (RLBS)
why not ? what were you going to do with it ?

Got a letter from HPI - Tomo.
If somebody can sell something it has a value. If I give an unused ham radio rig to another in the hobby who is going to use it, fine; but I would not give it away to someone whom I knew was just going to sell it.


Tomo
Got a letter from HPI - peterb
This is pathetic.

We all rely on HPI checks. So, why on earth would we not want to assist them? Yes, they charge for their services, but that's because they incur costs in setting-up and maintaining the database, processing enquiries etc.

The radio rig is not the same thing, Tomo. There is no need for a third party to get involved to facilitate a sale (you could, if you wished, do this yourself). However HPI information obviously requires some kind of central "clearing house".

Is this just another version of the "evil corporation" mentality from the Rover/BMW thread? Businesses *do* make profits, from the bloke who sells flowers outside Iceland to BP. Profit is necessary to encourage people or bodies to provide risk capital. Organisations that do not make profits do not necessarily provide a better deal than those who do not (check out some parts of the public sector).
Some peterb postings come with an implied frown
Got a letter from HPI - Armitage Shanks{P}
Before you all get so steamed up you might look at my original post in which I said that, if a commersial profit making firm wanted something from you, for nothing, and were going to sell it on then you could charge them a fee and give it to charity! I would rather that my sponsored kid in Senegal saw some good out of it rather than just giving it away!
Got a letter from HPI - Toad, of_Toad_Hall.
If you've got time to post about it you've probably got time to do it.

Just do it and forget about it... or don't do it and forget about it!
Got a letter from HPI - peterb
Armitage,

Sorry for steamed-ness, no offense intended. However I suspect the information has very little commercial value until HPI have there paws on it.

Also, if they were to make donations for information, this would put their costs up (by more than the amount they pay, due to admin) and they would pass the cost on to customers. Hence, end-users would pay more for the service than they do now in order to fund Senegalese kids.

Of course, funding Senegalese kids is a good thing, but I prefer charity to be optional rather than compulsory (on which note, bless you for sponsoring the kid).

Peter
Got a letter from HPI - Armitage Shanks{P}
Steam condensed, temperatures lowered, other viewpoints considered and I am not a Communist! Mind you I don't vote for Tiny Blur either!
Got a letter from HPI - eMBe {P}
I got a letter from HPI on saturday, they wanted to
know the exact date of purchase and sale of my car,
exact mileage and number of owners.
Has anybody else had one of these letters? Does it mean
that somebody is looking at buying the car?


XB: I take it you are talking about a car you USED to own, i.e. it is NOT your car now. Presumably you sold it at some time (how long ago?) and it is now being sold on for the nth time by someone else. Quite rrightly, a sensible buyer has asked for an HPI check, which has probably thrown up some questions about what happened to the car during a particular period. Hence the enquiry. From the replies so far, no one seems to have had experience of a similar letter to yours. So that answers your two questions.

Regarding the discussion on whether you should give the information to HPI (although you did not ask that question yourself), it is such info that helps make HPI checks worthwhile. Obviously if you feel you want to charge HPI for that, you can try asking for payment and see how HPI respond. If we ALL asked for payment, HPI would either have to pay and put up their charges to their customers; or refuse to pay and not get the data and hence their service would not be possible, and HPI could shut down.

As someone else implied above, there seem to be a few people postin here who believe in the ideals of Communism.
Got a letter from HPI - Ben79
It was straight back in the postbox, anything that helps reduce the chance of a crook getting away with clocking and the like must be a welcome move.

Ben
Got a letter from HPI - martint123
They don't often ask for information.
It would cost them little or nothing to offer a credit for a free HPI check in the future.

Martin
Got a letter from HPI - Blue {P}
That's probably right, but this talk about why we should be paid for offering infromation to HPI is ridiculous. After all, when you come to buy a car, it's nice to know that for £40 you can avoid buying a car with finance on it, previous write off etc. I wouldn;t even think about asking for payment.
Blue

 

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