The vehicle history experts HPI have released shocking figures that show almost 490,000 vehicles on the road in the UK could have the incorrect mileage. Dodgy dealers in it to make a bigger buck are putting lives at risk with vehicles that have done more mileage than is claimed.
MSN Cars reports:
“The act of “clocking” a vehicle has been around for a number of years and is something that was made easier with the arrival of digital odometers. In the past, the mis-aligned digits and exposed screw heads meant that a clocked car was relatively easy to spot.
But modern cars are able to hide their age much better than in the past and there are many “mileage correction firms” willing to turn the clock back on any given car. Which means extra revenue for the seller and potential trouble for the unsuspecting buyer.
Following a decline in the number of mileage-adjusted cars, HPI now says that 2013 saw an increase in the number of vehicles on the road with a mileage discrepancy. Over 6.8 million used cars were sold in 2013, with as many as 7.15% showing a false mileage.”
Getting a proper background check on your new used car is more important than ever to ensure you are getting a fair deal and not a dud.