Those dealers who do check numbers were then asked whether they would take the number from the vehicle itself or the registration document only. Some 40% checked the document.
HPI-Equifax marketing director Nicki Websper commented: 'Checking a registration document is self-defeating. They are easy to forge, whereas a VIN number stamped into bodywork is much harder to tamper with. Thankfully, 41% or respondents check both vehicle and documents and 18% check the vehicle only.' Praising the efficiency of HPI's GoldCheck, Websper pointed out that it required a dealer to check both VIN and vehicle registration mark, so they can be checked against the company's register and automatically cross-referred to verify they match - an important safeguard against 'ringing'.