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Not a prob, glad to help.
First off, an HPI check only verifies if the car has been stolen/outstanding finance/insurance claim history.
Things to look for;
1. Service history - unless the car is dirt cheap (this one isn't), then you will be buying something which will be hard to re-sell, and get an aftermarket warranty for. Plus, you will always have doubts as to what other corners have been cut & the latent problems that can bring. Plus, its another way of corroborating the mileage.
2. Does the condition match the age/mileage - naturally, the older & more miles a car covers, the more likely there will be signs of wear. You need to distinguish wear from neglect, plus does the condition (inside & out) match the use? If not, why?
3. How long has the owner (if its a private sale) had the car - if its a short time, why are they selling it? Major expense looming, such as cambelt change???
4. Tyres & wheels - these indicate problems with tracking or just poor driving, which can necessitate suspension repairs ahead.
5. Do you trust the seller - deals which are too good to be true, usually are, I would always view a car more than once (if its practical), just to avoid making a rash decision.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it should help point you in the right direction.
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