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How Someone Using a Number Plate Illegally Can Affect You

License plates on cars and other vehicles serve an important purpose—they pick out one specific vehicle for official purposes like insurance, sale, and issuing speeding tickets. Or at least, this is how things are supposed to be.

For every law there is at least one way for less reputable individuals to make money breaking it, and if they’re making money then someone else is losing it, and if you’re not aware of how illegal use of number plates could affect you that someone could be you. So here are a couple of major examples:

Disguising Vehicles

One reason a scammer or other criminal might change a car’s plates is to hide its identity. This can be for any number of reasons—for example, if the car is stolen, altering its plates will at least stop it registering as such under automatic number plate recognition, and so throw the police off the scent. They might also want to hide incidents in the car’s past like accidents.

This kind of illegal use of number plates will only affect you if you are looking to buy the vehicle in question, but the possibility of getting saddled with an inferior or even illegal product is reason enough to be wary of it. Fortunately you can look into a car’s history (either of number plates or in general) using an HPI check. read more »

Winter Car Care Basics: Three Tips to Get You Through Until Spring


There are no doubts that the winter season can be trying on vehicles of any kind, but winter can be especially hard on holiday travelers and daily commuters who face ice, snow, sleet, and wind regularly. When it comes to keeping your daily driver going through the cold months, you need to know the basics. Here are three car care tips from the experts. Follow this advice, and you’re sure to lengthen the life of your vehicle for many years of use all year round.  read more »

3 tips to fix your ailing banger


Your motor has sat in the garage for months, festering indoors like a rusted anachronism. The exhaust has packed in, the seats are flea-bitten and the steering wheel is about as reliable as Bambi on an ice rink. It looks like someone’s tried to put Herbie out of his misery, but just clipped his wing mirrors instead.

But let’s not consign your rusty banger to the scrapheap quite yet. Even under the most ravaged hood there sits an engine begging to be revved back into life.

Whether it’s a boxy Vauxhall Nova, a burnt-out beamer or a clapped-out Corvette, we’ve assembled a few tips to put some speed back into your vehicle. read more »

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