Why criminals clock vehicles

Greedy, reckless, self-centred crooks increasingly risk lives by winding back the mileage of second-hand vehicles to conceal wear and increase value, HPI explained. The process is known as clocking. The history checker argued that one in sixteen cars now has a mileage discrepancy – compared to only one in twenty in the year 2014


Consequence of buying a clocked car

Falling foul of clocking has a range of consequences. The vehicle is worth less than its purchase price, for starters. You, therefore, waste money. The crook then spends your money on (say) holidays, designer clothes, and finding other motorists to exploit.

Furthermore, consider trying to sell the car in the future. A careful, experienced, buyer is likely to spot its questionable history and look elsewhere. At best, any offer is likely to be low.

The crook callously ignores safety concerns, too. The car might have a warning light that suggests the brake pads have to be replaced, for example. This recommendation might be based on mileage. Clocking the vehicle might prevent this warning appearing.

A clocked car also has more wear and tear than expected. The consequence is expense. Perhaps the cambelt has to be replaced now rather than – as expected – in the future. Perhaps the clutch is close to the end of its life rather than – as expected – the start.

Why clocking is increasingly common

HPI explained why car clocking is on the rise. It said:

  • The continued development of technology facilitates the process
  • Equipment is readily available
  • Some mileage correction firms behave irresponsibly
  • The popularity of finance plans that impose penalties for exceeding mileage limitations encourages poor behaviour