The festive holidays are almost here! As such, our opening hours will change during the main festive period, our opening hours for Sales and Claims are displayed below:
|Date||Sales Opening Hours||Claims Opening Hours|
|Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th Dec)||8:30am to 1:00pm||8:30am to 1:00pm|
|Christmas Day (Friday 25th Dec)||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Boxing Day (Saturday 26th Dec)||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Sunday 27th Dec||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Monday 28th Dec||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Tuesday 29th Dec||8:30am to 6pm||8:30am to 5:30pm|
|Wednesday 30th Dec||8:30am to 6pm||8:30am to 5:30pm|
|New Years’ Eve (Thursday 31st Dec)||8:30am to 1:00pm||8:30am to 1:00pm|
|New Years’ Day (Friday 1st Jan)||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Saturday 2nd Jan||9:00am to 4pm||9:00am – 12:30pm|
For more information about contacting us over the festive period, you can visit our website here.
Warranty Direct would like to take this time to wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Devious motorists who turn to car cloning, in a bid to outwit police automated number plate recognition (ANPR) systems, are increasingly becoming a menace to law abiding used car owners, especially as criminals are now getting involved.
Predominantly, a car is cloned to disguise the identity of a stolen car, which is sold on for a quick buck. However, petty criminals are now cloning cars to avoid parking fines and speeding tickets, whilst organised gangs are using them to commit more serious crimes. Increasing numbers of legitimate car owners are reporting hefty fines they never incurred or have faced unwelcome visits by the police as a result of their vehicle being cloned, warns vehicle history check experts, HPI.
Car cloning is just like personal identity theft but for cars. Criminal gangs mask the true identity of a vehicle by giving it a false Vehicle Registration Number (VRN), often that of a similar make and model car legitimately on the road. Whilst this is causing trouble for the owners of the cars that have been cloned, used car buyers who innocently purchase a stolen vehicle that has been given a false identity, will lose the car and their hard earned money when it is returned to the legal owner by the police.
Whilst, to buy a registration plate in the UK owners must have the vehicle’s log book – otherwise known as a V5 – driver’s licence and proof of address, it is possible to purchase ‘show plates’ on the internet or over the phone with no documentation. Once purchased, there’s nothing to stop show plates being used on the road, albeit fraudulently.
HPI is urging used car buyers to take some simple but vital steps to avoid being stung by the cloning criminals:
1. Always check the provenance/history of the car you are looking to buy, and make sure you view it at the address shown on the V5/logbook.
2. Check the vehicle’s V5/logbook. Stolen V5 documents are still being used to accompany cloned vehicles. The HPI Check includes a unique stolen V5 document check as standard.
3. Ensure all the VIN/chassis numbers on the vehicle match each other and then conduct a vehicle history check such as the HPI Check to ensure they match DVLA records.
4. Know the car’s market value. If you are paying less than 70% of the market price for a vehicle, then be on your guard. No seller will want to lose money on their sale.
5. Avoid paying in cash, especially if the car costs over £3,000 – use the banking system. HPI continues to hear of many buyers who pay in cash and then find out that the car is a clone, and that they’ve lost both their money and the vehicle.
In the last two years more than four million car owners have had to keep their car off the road because they couldn’t afford repairs needed on their vehicle. With 21 million owners saying they have needed repairs in the last two years, this could mean that one in five (19%) have been forced to go without their car while they got their finances in order.
That’s according to Kwik Fit, the automotive repair and servicing company, who also revealed half of these motorists (2 million) had to keep their car off the road for a month or longer.
A shortage of money has driven many drivers to make some risky decisions. Over 1.2 million drivers admitted to having driven their car in an unroadworthy condition because they couldn’t afford repairs with men twice as likely as women to have done so.
Many drivers carry out repairs themselves, which is obviously not a problem in itself. However, a third of car owners who either carried out a repair themselves or had a friend or relative do it for them say they were concerned about the quality of that repair. In a cautionary tale for second hand car buyers, nearly half a million motorists say that although they were concerned about their DIY repairs they didn’t do anything about it as they sold the car soon afterwards.
The study also gave an indication that the policy of prevention being better than cure is as relevant to our cars as it is to our bodies. More than three quarters (77%) of those skipping their car’s annual service had to get repairs carried out on their car in the last two years. The equivalent figure for those who maintained their car’s annual service record was 56%, suggesting that regular servicing helps keep the need for repairs at bay.
HPI CrushWatch from vehicle history check expert HPI, saved over £56 million worth of vehicles that were being driven without insurance, from being crushed at the instruction of the police in 2014. Shockingly, supercars and prestige vehicles are often being driven by insurance evaders. However, popular, high volume makes of car, such as Vauxhall and Ford top the culprit’s chart.
The highest value vehicle HPI CrushWatch identified in 2014, was a Lamborghini Aventador worth £309,000. Rolls Royce, Bentley and Lamborghini vehicles dominated the list of top 10 highest value cars recoveries. Owners of the Vauxhall Corsa and Vauxhall Astra are the most likely to drive uninsured, with nearly 1,000 of these models being reclaimed in 2014. The Ford Focus came in third, with the Fiesta in fourth, showing that popular, mid-range vehicles are frequently hitting the HPI CrushWatch register.
Working under the umbrella of the Finance & Leasing Association’s (FLA) Vehicle Recovery Scheme, HPI CrushWatch brings together motor lenders and Law Enforcement Agencies to enable lenders to reclaim uninsured cars which could have been sold on or scrapped by the police without their knowledge. Not only are the FLA and HPI taking steps towards closing the net on insurance and tax evaders, they are making UK roads safer for law abiding motorists.
Neil Hodson, Managing Director for HPI, comments, “Although, the majority of cars we recovered in 2014, are popular, lower priced vehicles, we also helped recover a significant number of high-end makes and models. Along with some astonishing supercars, we recovered a significant number of Audi, BMW, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. It’s clear that insurance evasion crosses social and financial boundaries.”