Vehicle History experts HPI say consumers need to protect themselves from the growing risk of buying a clocked car. Latest figures from HPI reveal an increase of more than 10% over the last 5 years in the number of used cars it checks recording a mileage discrepancy. Buyers can pay over the odds for a vehicle unaware of an altered odometer.
Kristian Welch, consumer Director for HPI said “An HPI check includes a mileage check as standard, offering used car buyers a safeguard against the growing danger of clocking. “It is simply too easy for sellers to hike up the value of a car by turning back the miles on the odometer, making clocking one of the biggest risks for consumers,” explains Kristian Welch, Consumer Director for HPI.
Tips for spotting a clocked car; Check the service history, check the mileages displayed in the service history and look for invoices and service stamps from a genuine dealer. Speak to the previous keeper; contact the previous keeper to confirm the mileage of the vehicle when they sold it. Trust your judgement, look for any evidence that indicates clocking anything out of keeping with the general condition of the vehicle. Check the mileage, clockers sometimes wind back the mileage for the first viewing and then return it to its original value once you buy. Check the mileage is the same when you pick up the vehicle. Look for signs of wear and tear, do the wear and tear on areas such as seats and the steering wheel match its mileage? Look out for brand new easily replaceable parts, which don’t match the vehicle’s displayed mileage. Conduct an HPI Check, don’t take the risk, let HPI check its mileage database of 135 million mileages.