HPI reminds used buyers to protect themselves from vehicle identity theft so they don’t end up being duped into buying a cloned motorcycle.
Often used buyers can be too trusting, leaving them open to the very real threat of vehicle cloning, warns HPI, the provider of www.hpicheck.com. Fraudsters continue to use more sophisticated methods to hide the true identity of stolen vehicles and fool consumers into parting with their cash.
Cloning is the vehicle equivalent of identity fraud – criminals steal a machine and give it a new identity copied from a similar make and model vehicle already on the road. The criminal disguises the unique 17 digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the stolen vehicle and uses a stolen V5/logbook to try to legitimise its identity.
HPI offers four simple, but highly effective rules consumers should apply when buying privately. These can radically reduce the risk of falling into the cloned trap:
1) Always check the provenance/history of the vehicle, and make sure you view it at the registered keepers address (as shown on the V5/logbook). Buyers should ensure all the VIN/chassis numbers on the vehicle match each other and then use the HPI Check to ensure they tally with the details as recorded with the DVLA.