It is possible 'to avoid clones'

Thu, 21 May 2009
People considering buying a used car can avoid clones, it has been claimed.

According to auto information group HPI, following a few simple rules could protect drivers from fraudsters.

Cloning occurs when a car is stolen and given an identity that is very similar to one already in circulation.

In order to avoid falling foul of this scam, auto buyers have been advised to check that all vehicle identity numbers on the model tally.

People should then get HPI to verify the IDs match the registration, the group stated.

This service comes with a guarantee that means customers will be reimbursed up to £30,000 if the car in question is not as it should be.

Director Nick Lindsay stated: "By educating consumers to conduct a vehicle history check and proceed with caution, we can help them uncover a fake and walk away."

In other motoring news, HPI recently claimed a significant number of women drivers feel intimidated when buying used cars.

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