How can I make sure that the mileage on a used car I'm looking at is correct?

How do you establish if the mileage and service history is correct on a used car?

Asked on 16 June 2020 by TURNER

Answered by Dan Powell
The MoT history usually gives a good indication of the mileage, You can check the vehicle's MoT history here for free:

Service history is a little more tricky. I would want to see a stamped service book and a folder full of receipts. If the car has neither, then the seller is probably trying to hide something. For more information on car history checks, see:
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