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.