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HPI warns that clocking can harm more than your wallet

Published 17 April 2013

According to vehicle history check provider HPI, clocked cars are not only harmful to your wallet but can also be dangerous. Unscrupulous sellers who change the mileage reading of a car can convince buyers that scheduled maintenance is up to date when it isn’t, meaning the potential for dangerously worn out components.

Nicola Johnson, Consumer Services Manager for HPI explains, “Clocking is used by fraudsters to boost the sale price of a vehicle, but the act of clocking also hides the fact that the car is likely to have done considerably more miles than the driver realises. If vital components are excessively worn and/or not replaced as recommended by the manufacturer, that vehicle could be a real danger to the driver and other road users.”

HPI’s concerns are echoed by vehicle inspection experts at the RAC.  “Vehicles displaying untrue mileages carry an increased risk of costly defects being present. With use comes wear, and therefore higher mileages are a likely indication of when maintenance costs could start to rise,” comments Michael Hill, Vehicle Inspections Manager for the RAC.

A vehicle check, whether through the DVLA or a specialised vehicle data company, will show any discrepancies with mileage, as well as any past problems, including accident damage and thefts.  

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