When it comes to carrying out checks on a car, a mileage anomaly check is one of the most important. If you know the true mileage of a vehicle then can you tell how well the previous owners have looked after it. It can also tell you whether any of the car’s vital components are due for replacement.
How are Mileage Records Kept?
MOT testers record the mileage of a car whenever they test it. Over the years this creates a useful mileage log. You can compare this to the reading of a car’s odometer when you view it. It is estimated that almost 2.5 million vehicles in the UK have a discrepancy between the mileage that appears on the odometer, and the mileage data that is held by other organisations such as the DVLA.
Many dishonest sellers and dealers adjust the mileage (otherwise known as ‘clocking’). This is to make a vehicle appear as though it has traveled less miles than it really has. This means that they can sell the vehicle for more money than it’s worth. With a mileage anomaly check it is possible to identify any clocking activity. The check will inform you of the vehicle’s estimated true mileage. It is advisable to steer well clear of a car if you think that someone has clocked the mileage. There is no reason for anyone to clock the mileage on a car if they have been looking after it well.
Why is it Important to get a Mileage Anomaly Check?
In some cases, dishonest people may reverse the mileage before you view the car, and then put it back to the correct mileage afterwards. They do this to reduce the chances of someone noticing. This is why it is so important to make a note of the mileage of any car that you test drive if you are considering purchasing it.
It is illegal to sell a clocked car. But it’s not currently illegal to buy the equipment that can reverse the mileage on a vehicle. This means that anyone can purchase the equipment capable of reversing the mileage on a car. So it’s important to complete a mileage anomaly check before you consider buying any used car.