Identify a car that has been clocked.
Has your potential new car been subject to corrected mileage?
Reducing a vehicle’s mileage to increase its resale value has been practised for decades and with new digital milometers now fitted to most modern cars, car clocking (mileage correction) has become much easier.
Typically, a digital system is fitted beneath the driver’s seat or within the engine bay. Such systems have a port where a laptop or tablet device can be plugged in to falsify mileage readings. With the correct software loaded onto the device, it really is that easy.
Contrastly, an older vehicle with a traditional milometer would often need the dashboard or clock to be completely removed in order to falsify the displayed mileage.
It is also rather easy to find a company that offer mileage correction services for around £150. You are a Google search away. There are almost 2,000 Google searches every single month for ‘mileage correction’.
Although changing a mileage reading and selling a car without disclosing the fact is illegal, the act of mileage correction isn’t.
CarVeto is averaging that one in every 20 cars we check have mileage issue from actual to apparent mileage. This figure increases as almost half of all UK motor dealers have bought a vehicle to later find out it has been clocked.
Our mileage checks are compiled via the DVLA MOT history database. If there are any issues found from running a vehicle check, that vehicle will fail, and we Veto your decision to buy without further investigation.
Spotting a car with incorrect mileage
Below are some simple, visual checks when looking at a new car to buy:
Excessive body ware
If a car has travelled 35,000 miles expect the front end of the car to be in good condition. Whilst there may be the odd stone chip on the bonnet or age-related scratch, anything more may indicate a vehicle that has travelled a long way.
Door mirrors can also provide clues to true mileage
Alloys wheels will likely remain in good condition with a low mileage vehicle. Are they excessively curbed, scratched or worn?
Excessive interior ware
The driver’s seat and lumbar can give away some clues. Unusual and excessive ware from a driver entering and exiting might well indicate a hidden history.
The steering wheel and pedal rubbers are another indication and both items can be replaced for less than you might expect. If these items look brand new they could have been replaced to disguise excessive ware. And, a worn steering wheel or broken foot pedal rubbers can also indicate true mileage
High mileage engines commonly sound looser and noisier than low mileage ones. Listen carefully to the engine from stone cold and after a lengthy test drive. Also see if the car starts well, first time from hot and cold.
Clunking or aluminium engine noises may be a red flag and something to avoid.
A good service record trail and mean the difference between a good quality, reliable car and a poor investment.
Take some time to look over each service record stamp, the date, mileage and any description of work carried out. See how often the vehicle was serviced and check for any accompanying invoices for backup.
Of the invoices, there will be previous owner contact information and maybe even a phone number. It might be worth making a call.
You can also contact supplying dealers, quote the vehicle registration number and see if the car is held in their service database. Many vehicles are serviced by supplying dealers for the first few years of their life and can provide a digital paper trail of car mileage.
CarVeto believes that a change in the law is required and that only supplying, franchised dealers be able to legally, amend car milometers. If this were to occur there would be a new level of transparency in the motor industry and safety for UK motorists.
The team at CarVeto