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Number Of Clocked Vehicles Rise 3% In 2013

Number Of Clocked Vehicles In UK On The Rise

HPI has revealed that the number of clocked vehicles on the road increased three percent in 2013. Clocking is the process of reducing mileage to ensure a car sells for more than its market value. In certain cases, it might sell for several thousand pounds above the fair price. HPI has claimed this rise represented a reversal of a recent downward trend. It has also estimated that the number of clocked vehicles in the UK is now in the region of five-hundred thousand. This is not surprising as clocking can be a simple process that requires little knowledge and equipment. A motorist that has bought a clocked car could face a range of consequences. For starters, he/she has overpaid for a machine which is not “as advertised” so there is a financial loss. Secondly, it will have more wear/tear than expected. This ensures – at the very least – that the buyer might have to repair or replace components sooner than indicated by the odometer. The clutch and cambelt, for example. This has further financial implications. Thirdly, the victim – assuming he/she is honest – will struggle to sell the vehicle in due course. The motorist also has to cope with the emotional strain of being taken for a ride.

How To Spot A Clocked Vehicle

There are simple steps a motorist can take to minimise the risk of buying a clocked vehicle. Start by cross referencing MOT mileages with the service history/invoices. If the paper certificates are missing alternatives can be viewed via a government website (Google 'check MOT history'). The key is to look for consistency and logical progression. If, for example, the MOT mileage on May 1st 2013 is eighty thousand then a service stamp two days earlier at eighty-five is suspicious. The documents should be free of corrections and significant time gaps too. Why, after all, would a vehicle – that has paperwork confirming it travelled extensively in the first three years but now has a low mileage reading for its age - have no documents for more recent times? The reason might be simple and honest, but the paperwork might have been binned to hide concerning facts. Furthermore, service history can be faked so contact the garage that has (apparently) maintained the vehicle. Confirm its records match the paperwork. It is also wise to find comparisons. Why? Because a Ford Mondeo that has covered ten-thousand miles should feel superior to a high mileage example. Plus, of course, purchase from a reputable source and order a history check from a company such as HPI. 

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What the writer,Mr Turvil, has omitted to say is that clocking is on the uptick with older cars. That's what the report inferred.HPI is a commercial company and would be delighted if folk spent money with them vouching mileages on one year old Mercs.

I find this release very hard to believe to be honest. Mot certificates now include the last 4 mileages recorded at each mot test date, and it has been known for a typo to be inputted into an mot which then would show up on the national mileage register usually as a discrepancy. Buyer beware at end of the day - just check the previous mileages recorded on the current mot, or go to the website & check last 6 years mot history.

My understanding is that modern cars are all fitted with electronic speedometers that are linked to the ecu ( maybe someone can tell me if this is correct or not? ) There are a number of ways that you can get a good idea as to whether or not that the speedometer reading is correct, look at the amount of wear on the steering wheel, how sunk the drivers seat is, how much wear there is on the gear knob and the gaiter around the gear lever, look at how worn the handbrake lever is, look at the rubbers on the clutch and brake pedals for wear ( the rubbers should not be smooth )and check how floppy the indicator and wiper levers are. If after looking at a car all these items I have listed don't seem to match the mileage then walk away as there are plenty of other cars for sale.

I had a 2005 Renault Scenic that had its electronic dash replaced by a Renault dealer due to a known fault it went in with 58000 miles on and came out with 0. I was honest when I part ex was the dealer ? who knows

Hard to understand this with the almost universal fitment of electronic speedometers. Many (most or all ?) Are linked electronically to the engine management ecu and cannot be altered. I know that on some (all ?)recent Ctiroens that even if the speedo is changed, once the engine is started then the mileometer will return to the actual mileage that the car has covered.

as the MOT station manually input the mileage, I have had instances where a digit has been incorrectly typed. The rectification of this mistake is a nightmare, trying to get DVLA to do anything along with the tester.

The two sites below will help. MOT History: DVLA Enquiry:

I bought a second hand car from a private buyer. When I had it MOTd I found that it was showing 3000 miles less than the previous MOT. Also the previous owner had signed the earlier MOT himself. Is that legal? I realise that you can tell the mileage of a car by its MOT records and I always sell my cars with these records. Is there any way of checking these records on line?