Worrying news from motor insurances companies has revealed that the illegal act of “clocking” used vehicles is still on the rise. Evidence of tampering with the tachometer to indicate a false mileage or “clocking” has been found in almost 1.5 million cars in the past 20 years.
Dealers are now required by law to display the correct mileage in all used vehicles if they discover the tachometer has been altered.
In addition, with the popularity of selling vehicles on the internet the reliability of the “full service history” can be in doubt.
Online criminals are buying genuine, blank service books and stamps with manufacturer’s logos and even bogus garage details so it is relatively easy to provide a car with a full history and thus artificially increase its value.
There are a few simple pointers when looking at a used car which may indicate that a vehicle has done more mileage than it says on the tachometer. Signs of excessive wear for the age of the car on the steering wheel, pedals and driver’s seat can mean the car has been “clocked”.
If you are in any doubt get the vehicle checked by an independent inspector, such as HPI, AA or RAC, who will be able to give you much more of an idea about the car’s history.