HPI wins high praise at prestigious awards ceremony

Article date: 19 July 2006

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HPI, part of RAC, has won high praise at the New Media AgeAwards ceremony in London for a new online service that makesbuying a used car on eBay more secure.

HPI, which employs 40 people at its data centre on HornbeamBusiness Park, Harrogate, was highly commended in theEffectiveness Awards for its groundbreaking eBay Motors’Vehicle Status Report.

The report allows people buying a used car on eBay to check if avehicle is stolen, a write-off, or has any outstanding loans ormileage inconsistencies on it.

HPI has been checking the histories of used cars since 1938, andwas the first company to introduce this service. Approximately 60%of its checks are now carried out online. It processes a highvolume of used car data from a variety of sources, ensuring thatvehicles are legal and ready to be fairly sold.

HPI data architect Hugh Beever said: “We are delighted tohave won this commendation at the awards. Our success is down toour highly skilled development team here in Harrogate and ourability to deliver reliable solutions quickly. We are online 24hours a day and process more than 100 million transactions a year– so quality of design and performance are key to everythingwe do.”

Beever added that HPI was actively recruiting for developers ofall grades at Harrogate. “Our applications run on a widerange of technologies, and we offer an exciting and challengingworking environment. It is the aptitude and versatility of ourstaff that makes all the difference.”

For more details on HPI job vacancies please contact the HRdepartment on 01722 435470.


For press enquiries please contact:

RAC/HPI Press office contact:
Telephone: 01603 684224
E-mail: jenny-chapman@norwich-union.co.uk 

Lucy Haughey
Telephone: 01603 354337
E-mail: lucy.haughey@norwich-union.co.uk

Ruth Devlin or Jon Clements on0161 919 8495

Notes to editors:

About HPI
Originally established in1938, HPI Limited is a primary source of vehicle information forthe UK motor industry and motoring consumer, which since August2004 has been owned by Norwich Union. HPI encompasses both the HPIdatabase of all UK road registered vehicle descriptions andhistories, and the National Mileage Register which holds in excessof 85 million mileage readings.

Together, HPI and NMR represent the UK's largest vehicleinformation source, combining and interpreting data fromgovernment agencies, industry bodies, private organisations, thepolice and the general public. Registering with HPI helpscompanies to protect their financial interests in motor vehiclesand a wide range of other mobile assets. HPI Checks givepurchasers instant confirmation of whether vehicles are correctlydescribed, known to be subject to outstanding finance or seriousaccident damage, or recorded as stolen or "clocked".

'HPI' and the HPI logo are registered trademarks of HPILimited.

(1) All prices include VAT and are correct as of 1st January2006
(2) Mileage Data is not covered by The HPI Guarantee
(3) The HPI Guarantee is subject to terms and conditions

About RAC
With around seven million members, RAC isone of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providingservices for both private and business motorists. Whether it'sroadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learningto drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financialservices or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RACis able to meet motorists’ needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RACAuto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.

Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings togetherRAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise andleading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance(part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer,insuring one-in-seven motor vehicles and with a market share ofaround 14%.

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