Mileage Rollback Dangers

Mileage rollback can cost you money - lots of it!

Motorists are overpaying by thousands of pounds for vehicles that have had their mileages rolled back - in other words  -'clocked'.


This “clocking” process - based on reductions of 60,000 miles - therefore increases the value of the average hatchback by 42%, and popular models such as the Volkswagen Golf by 47%.

Furthermore, 4x4 prices increase 30% (on average) and the Land Rover Discovery's credentials ensure its value shoots-up 37%.

Also, the cost of the average people carrier rises by 50% and sports cars rocket 40%.

The most prized in these classes - such as the VW Sharan and Alfa Romeo Spider Convertible - rise 60% and 47%, respectively. Clocking therefore has implications for motorists and for traders that unknowingly sell clocked cars.

To give just one example of the effect on price by clocking - a Ford Mondeo Saloon (2007-2010) would be valued at £6,650 at 30,000 miles.  This drops to £5,850 at 60,000 miles and finally to just £4,450 at 90,000 miles.

This is just one example of how mileage rollback can cost you money.

How To Spot Clocked Cars

The only way to have total confidence in a car's mileage is to buy new.

However, it is possible to minimise risk on the second-hand market. Start by cross referencing MOT certificate mileages with the service history/invoices. If the certificates are missing they can be viewed online at: www.gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle.

The key is to look for consistency. If, for example, the MOT mileage on May 1st 2013 is 80,000 then a service stamp two days later at 85,000 miles is suspicious.

A lack of paperwork is concerning too as there is nothing to cross reference.

Furthermore, service history can be faked so contact the garage that has (apparently) maintained the vehicle. Confirm its records match the paperwork.

Step two is to find comparisons. Why? Because a Ford Mondeo that has covered 10,000 miles should feel superior to a high mileage example. So, test several to familiarise yourself with the range. Plus, of course, buy from a reputable source and buy a history/mileage check from a company such as HPI: www.hpicheck.com.

All of this may require some detective work on your part, but bear in mind the amount of money you could potentially be saving.

It all boils down to caveat emptor - Buyer Beware!


This article on 'clocking' was kind contributed by our guest writer, Stephen Turvil.  Stephen can be reached at  http://www.journalist-copywriter.com.html


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