Mileage clocking of used cars is on the increase according to the latest data from HPI.
The car history checking service reveals that compact executive cars are most likely to have their mileometers turned back, with 7.9 per cent of those they checked against their mileage register showing a discrepancy, according to their 2010 findings, just released.
Luxury cars come in second with 7.7 per cent clocked, followed closely by family cars, 7.4 per cent. But estate cars have shown a huge increase, the figure almost doubling to 6.6 per cent from a more modest 3.4 per cent back in 2005.
Surprisingly, hot hatches are amongst the least likely to have been clocked, with only 4.9 per cent of those HPI checked showing a discrepancy between the actual mileometer reading and its files. Superminis beat that with a 4.7 per cent discrepancy.
“It’s always been assumed that clockers will target older vehicles, turning back the mileage and pushing up the price,” says Daniel Burgess, managing director for HPI.
“And to a certain extent that remains true. However, the majority of the vehicles checked by HPI in 2010 were just three to five years old, over half had less than 50,000 miles on the clock and only a third had mileages over 60,000.”
If you believe a car has been clocked it’s advised that the seller is reported to the local Trading Standards office.