Car mileage verification.

How to identify a used car with hidden milege issues.


CarVeto searches and returns mileage check data from the DVLA MOT history database. Whilst the information provided is accurate at the time of record there are instances where mileage can be artificially corrected to increase vehicle value.

Consistently ask the question: “is the interior and exterior of the vehicle in keeping with the claimed mileage?”

CarVeto records an average of 1 in 15 vehicles carrying a mileage discrepancy.

Potentially, the vehicle you plan to buy may have mileage issues that are hidden from your CarVeto check.

Is the vehicle in keeping with age and presented mileage?

If the vehicle appears overly worn or tatty it may have a discrepancy.

Vehicles with 40,000 miles + should show signs of wear. Expect the odd stone chip, scratch or age-related scuff. Higher mileage vehicles will display more cosmetic defects.


External inspection

Door mirrors

Begin by checking the door mirrors as they give away a great deal about high mileage vehicles.

  • Are the mirrors overly spent from many tens of thousands of miles up and down the motorway?
  • Are they covered in scratches and tiny nicks?
  • Are the mirrors faded or clattered?
  • Are they fixed correctly to the rest of the vehicle?


Wheels and tyres

Tyre and alloy wheels or wheel trims can also say a lot about a vehicle. Examine the wheels for curbed or chipped radials.


Door locks

Look out for ‘nail scratches’ around the driver and passenger door locks. This may indicate the remote central locking is faulty and can lead to an expensive repair.

Scratches around door locks can indicate a vehicle with high mileage.


Windscreen chips

Chips in a windscreen are not always easy to repair, especially with heated front screens where the filament becomes damaged and prevents the vehicle from demisting.

Cracks or excessive chips in the front screen (especially lots of tiny chips) may indicate a vehicle with high mileage.


Internal inspection

Compare the outside edge driver’s seat bolster with that of the passenger seat. This area of the vehicle can be one of the first to show signs of excessive wear and tear.

Check seat stitching, dirt and further unusual wear, for indications of excessive car mileage.



Look underneath fitted mats, particularly beneath the driver’s foot pedals for holes in the carpet.

Also, examine the peddle rubbers for excessive wear or breakage.

New peddle rubbers are an inexpensive replacement for the seller. New rubbers may also be an indication of a high mileage vehicle.


Steering wheel & gear nob

Carry out a visual inspection of the steering wheel for excessive wear or an unusually shiny finish. Worn steering wheels are an obvious sign of a vehicle that has travelled considerable mileage.

View the gear nob for missing stitching or unusual wear around the stick gator.



Examine the seat belt, particularly the driver’s side, for fraying or discoloured effects.


Unusual odour

Check for a smell of damp or mould.

Excessively used vehicles may have suffered considerable water use during preparation/valeting and can be rather difficult to dry out.

You might also look for unusual condensation on the inside of the windows as another indication of deep clean valeting.

The visual inspections listed above are notably helpful when checking vehicle mileage. They are designed to work in partnership with your Platinum CarVeto vehicle check and support a wise vehicle purchase.

Take a look at Part III of our car buyers guide – Car accident report

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