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The Dangers of Car Clocking


Despite all the major advances in car technology and security over the years it somehow beggars belief that it is easier than ever to alter a car’s mileage by tinkering with the digital odometer. Changing the mileage to a lower figure can add hundreds of pounds to the vehicle’s value and has become increasingly prevalent.

We have reached the stage where there are now companies, who, perfectly legitimately and by using specious language in their advertisements, can ‘adjust’ your mileage to suit for a modest fee. It seems that it is not illegal to ‘clock’ a car but it is illegal to sell a car that has been clocked. Buying a car that has been tampered with in this way and discovering after the event that the vehicle has far more wear and tear than the mileage suggests leaves the otherwise innocent motorist in an invidious position. Is the driver going to declare this information to a prospective buyer and risk losing a lot of money or even a sale? It’s a poser, isn’t it? Supposing you have a new engine fitted. Is it justifiable to turn back the mileage to zero?

Actions like this do nothing to alleviate the air of mistrust generated by the sale of used cars, stranger to stranger. Someone who, on the face of it, appears to be genuine could actually be as crooked as a grasshopper’s back leg. There’s just no telling. Surveys suggest that as many as 1 in 20 cars have been clocked, so what’s the buyer to do to minimise the risk?

Well, first off, check the service history. There are loads of good cars out there, so why buy a car with an incomplete history? Make sure the mileage record in the service book matches that on the car, more or less.

Does the car look more worn than the mileage suggests? Seats, steering wheel and the foot wells can all show tell-tale signs of use, as can the bodywork. Trust your judgement and, above all, don’t buy from a stranger in a car park late at night! Arguably, the most reliable way to check on a car’s credentials to do an online or telephone check. There are plenty of businesses willing to do this for you – even credit reference agencies these days! – at a reasonable cost. They check all available data about your prospective car and for the sake of a few pounds it brings peace of mind. One less thing to worry about.

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