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How Do You Know Your Used Car Has Been Clocked?

Car clocking is on the increase and scammers are exploiting loopholes in the law to con unwitting car buyers. The illegal practice of clocking takes place when unscrupulous sellers look to deliberately defraud second-hand car buyers when the vehicle is sold on.

Experts say the number of cars potentially affected has also risen to one in 16. The figure has worsened from one in 20 cars less than three years ago.

Being vigilant and doing a few simple checks can be very beneficial, helping to prevent the headache of buying a car that’s had its mileage falsified.

Buying a clocked car can have both serious financial and safety implications which is why awareness is so vital.

The following hints and tips can to help spot evidence of mileage falsification:

Check the service history – look at the mileage recorded at the time of the service
Contact the previous keeper – confirm what the vehicle’s mileage was at the time it was sold
Double check the odometer – scammers could wind back the mileage for a viewing then alter it again before collection
Trust your own judgement – is it 15 years old with only 20k miles on the clock? Registered as a company car and done 12,000 miles a year? Does anything about the vehicle history make you suspicious? Does everything add up?
Consult the NMR (national mileage register) – this currently holds over 200 million records
Check the MOT history – this will detail the mileage at each MOT test
Carry out an hpi check which includes both MOT and NMR checks as standard. Visit hpi.co.uk

Added Barry Shorto of HPI said: *“Our free MOT History check reveals the mileage recorded at every MOT test, allowing buyers to spot any inconsistent readings or discrepancies. It really can help to stay one step ahead of scammers.

“The HPI Check includes a mileage check against the NMR as standard. It also confirms whether a vehicle is currently recorded as stolen with the police, has outstanding finance or safety recalls against it or has been written-off, making it the best way for consumers to protect themselves from fraudsters looking to make a fast profit.”