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HPI wins high praise at prestigious awards ceremony

Press release   •   Jul 19, 2006 00:01 BST

HPI wins high praise at prestigious awards ceremony

eBay project 'highly commended'

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

HPI, which employs 40 people at its Data Centre on Hornbeam Business Park, Harrogate, was highly commended in the Effectiveness Awards for its groundbreaking eBay Motors’ Vehicle Status Report.

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

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

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

Beever added that HPI was actively recruiting for developers of all grades at Harrogate. “Our applications run on a wide range of technologies, and we offer an exciting and challenging working environment. It is the aptitude and versatility of our staff that makes all the difference.”

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

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Notes to editors

For press enquiries please contact:

HPI/RAC Press office contact: Jenny Chapman on 01603 684224 email jenny-chapman@norwich-union.co.uk or Lucy Haughey on 01603 354337 email lucy.haughey@norwich-union.co.uk

Staniforth: Jon Clements or Ruth Devlin on 0161 919 8495

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

Registered in England No. 4068979.
Registered office St. Helens, 1 Undershaft, London, EC3P 3DQ.

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 last year. 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

For all media enquiries, please contact the RAC press team on +44 (0)1454 664 123. The line is manned by an on-call press officer outside office hours. ISDN radio studio facilities are available for interviews Monday to Friday.

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.

For the very latest news on UK fuel prices, check RAC Fuel Watch. It provides a comprehensive guide to the latest UK unleaded petrol and diesel prices – both at the wholesale level and at the pump - and tracks these prices daily to help drivers check if the price they pay to fill up is a fair one.