Car clocking is on the rise, figures indicate

Around 2.3M UK cars currently show an incorrect mileage reading on their odometer

Car clocking is on the rise, figures indicate
The rise in car clocking could be costing motorists and second-hand car dealers more than £800 million a year.

An investigation into UK car clocking has revealed a 25 per cent increase in incidents of car clocking in the last three years.

The research, which was conducted by HPI based on the 37.3 million cars registered to drive on British roads at the end of 2016, estimates that one in 16 cars could be showing a false reading.

Barry Shorto, head of industry relations at HPI, said: “There are numerous reasons why clocking is on the up.

“The continued development of technologies to alter digital odometers, increasingly easy access to this technology via the internet and similarly, the ease of access to mileage adjustment services online, some of whom will behave legitimately, others less so.

“A clocked vehicle could be hiding serious levels of wear and tear, especially if it has been previously used as a high mileage private hire vehicle for a couple of years, meaning the additional cost of unexpected repairs or even a potentially serious safety threat to driver, passengers and other road users.”

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