In a world full of passworded technology most people think that simple fraud is a thing of the past. This is especially true in the car market. For example, how can anyone alter a digital display? The majority of car makers have long since eliminated old-school dials and analogue readouts in favour of their digital equivalent. That must mean that the days of ‘clocking’ cars is over, surely? Well, no.
The surprising truth is that the switch to digital has seen an increase in car mileage tampering. The criminal fraternity have gone high-tech with alarming speed and are often one jump ahead of manufacturers’ on-car security features. It is entirely possible to hack into a car’s computer systems and edit the mileage counter digitally, pretty much like most of us will edit a Word document.
The Need To Check
Clocking is as rife now as it always has been and the need for vigilance when buying a car is as necessary as ever. For example, if a car seems to have a low mileage but very worn seats, then that should be a clue to something not being quite right, but it is not always that straightforward.
As many as 1 in 14 cars on our roads right now are believed to have been tampered with in one way or another. This is demonstrated quite clearly by an increase of such illegal activity of thirty percent in the last five years, thus increasing the chances of unwittingly buying a motor that is not all it seems.
Amazingly, the act of altering a vehicle’s odometer itself is not actually illegal, on the premise that it is done with honest and genuine intent, although there are few circumstances where this should be necessary. One such instance might be replacing an analogue dial on a classic car where the previous mileage is not obvious. Car clocking only becomes illegal when some miscreant winds the mileage back and then sells the vehicle to a second-hand buyer without mentioning the fact. Thanks to the all-conquering internet finding the technology needed to dupe people is easy. A few minutes online will locate the tool needed to alter a vehicle's mileage.
The Actual Check
More people than ever before are buying vehicles on PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) and HP (Hire Purchase) deals. These deals are mostly offered with mileage limitations that incur surcharges if the user exceeds the limits. Thus the potential exists for a user who goes over the limit by accident or design to attempt to defraud by clocking in an effort to save money.
In financial terms, fraud like this is reckoned to cost motorists around £800 million annually. Because a car has done more miles than thought, it could cost more in wear and tear faults and of course the re-sale value is affected. It’s not all bad news though; there is an answer to the problem. The vehicle history check.
Looking into a car’s past reveals a variety of information. It will discover any outstanding finance that is due, for example. It can establish whether or not the vehicle has been stolen or written off by the law only to be stuck together again by an unscrupulous crook who has no interest in the safety of others. Importantly, it will also reveal any mileage discrepancies in the car’s timeline.
The good news is that when buying a car
from our comprehensive stock you can rest assured that not only has the car received a comprehensive AA inspection
, it has also been thoroughly HPI-checked
for history enabling our customers to buy with confidence.