Information provider Equifax is making its vehicle fraud databases HPI Gold Check and HPI Classic Check available on the internet.

HPI members can access information by logging their user name and password.

The only requirement is either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer – no special software is required. Dealers can make their enquiries, view the results and then print off reports.

HPI Classic Check has been improved on the web by including the date of first registration as standard, and plate transfer reports when available.

The secret history of vehicles can be uncovered in the checks which can be made using the vehicle registration mark (VRM) and its vehicle identification number (VIN), or just its VRM. Anything from outstanding finance agreements through to condition alerts and stolen vehicles can be exposed in the checks.

Martin Brassell, commercial director of Equifax HPI, said: "The internet makes HPI information available in an easily accessible format available 24 hours a day."

Meanwhile, HPI has linked up with several motoring and consumer websites to enable consumers to be as safe as possible when looking for a used car. The HPI E-Check is now available on sites including – for vehicle inspections and motoring advice, and for used car sales.