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HPI gets onto two wheels with Catalyst DMS

Press release   •   Oct 10, 2006 00:01 BST

Catalyst Computer Systems, a leading provider of dealer management systems (DMS) in the motorcycle industry has signed an exclusive contract with HPI to allow dealers access to vehicle ID checks.

Catalyst Computer Systems, a leading provider of dealer management systems (DMS) in the motorcycle industry has signed an exclusive contract with HPI to allow dealers access to vehicle ID checks.

This facility automatically supplies vehicle information to the dealer, including specifications and key dates in the vehicle's life, simply by entering a registration number into the Catalyst system.

Jim Moffat, Catalyst's sales manager, says: "By subscribing to this service, our dealers will benefit from a number of business efficiencies. For example, when booking in a bike previously unknown to the dealer, for either repair or service, accessing this data will both speed up the booking-in process and ensure the data captured is accurate. We think this will greatly enhance the functionality already offered by our DMS."

When subscribing to the Vehicle ID Check service, dealers can also link to HPI via Catalyst for full HPI checks, which reveal a vehicle's potential hidden history, such as plate transfers, theft, outstanding finance and write-offs.

Daniel Burgess, HPI's automotive director, says: "HPI's expertise in checks for the car market is unrivalled, and this knowledge is now available to motorcycle dealers through one of the leading suppliers of motorcycle DMS systems."

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Notes to editors:

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RAC/HPI Press office contact: Jon Day - 07800 690555
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About HPI

Originally established in 1938, HPI Limited is a primary source of vehicle information for the UK motor industry and motoring consumer, which since August 2004 has been owned by Norwich Union. HPI encompasses both the HPI database of all UK road registered vehicle descriptions and histories, and the National Mileage Register which holds in excess of 85 million mileage readings.

Together, HPI and NMR represent the UK's largest vehicle information source, combining and interpreting data from government agencies, industry bodies, private organisations, the police and the general public. Registering with HPI helps companies to protect their financial interests in motor vehicles and a wide range of other mobile assets. HPI Checks give purchasers instant confirmation of whether vehicles are correctly described, known to be subject to outstanding finance or serious accident damage, or recorded as stolen or "clocked".

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

(1) All prices include VAT and are correct as of 1st January 2006

(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 is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.

Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading 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 of around 14 per cent

Notes to Editors

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About the RAC

First formed in 1897, the RAC has been looking after the needs of its members and championing the interests of drivers for more than 120 years.

Today it has more than eight million members and is one of the UK’s most progressive motoring organisations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistanceinsurancebuying a used carvehicle inspections and checkslegal services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information – the RAC offers a solution for all motoring needs. The RAC is committed to making motoring easier, safer, more affordable and more enjoyable for drivers and road users.

The RAC is the motorist’s champion and campaigns to support the interests of its members and UK drivers at a national level. This includes voicing concerns about the increasing cost of motoring, particularly the price of fuel and the high level of tax levied on it, advancing levels of road safety, and supporting the needs of all drivers, from young to old.

The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring – first published in 1989 – is one of a kind and provides a clear insight into the concerns and issues facing today’s motorists.

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