HPI CrushWatch, the web service
helping dealers and finance companies spot illegal vehicles or
those with finance payments in arrears, received a total of 4,668
enquiries in April, down 12.3% compared to March.

During April, police recovered a total
of 431 vehicles, down 17.6% compared to the previous month.

The total value of vehicles
recovered was
£2,504,195, marking a decline of 2.7%

The highest-value car reclaimed during April
was a Ferrari F430 Spider F1, at £64,400, found by Hertfordshire
police, compared to a £39,450 BMW X5
in March.

Two other cars
over the value of £60,000 were ranked in the “top 10 recoveries,
while the rest were between
£27,475 and £36,425.

The top marque recovered was Vauxhall, at 87
vehicles with a combined value of £350,575, followed by Ford,
Volkswagen, BMW and Peugeot. The most common model recovered
remained the Vauxhall Astra, at 31 vehicles seized with a value of

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Police in Merseyside enjoyed the best
performance in April, reclaiming £313,775 worth of vehicles,
followed by West Yorkshire and Stathclyde.

HPI CrushWatch has also been
praised by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), whose
Vehicle Recovery Scheme helps to deliver CrushWatch along with the

Following a meeting held at the end of
April with the ACPO group in charge of vehicle recoveries, in which
a number of forces delivered positive feedback, new agreements were
drafted to allow managing agents to operate the scheme.