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British motorists are being warned to be vigilant about potential mistakes in the mileage that is entered on their car's MOT.
A new style of government MOT form means garages will now insert a car's mileage into its permanent records, with the data being unalterable after 7 days.
This means any mistakes that are missed by drivers and car insurance policy holders could result in them being falsely accused of illicitly lowering their car's mileage to improve its value and attractiveness to buyers.
Paul Watters, head of public affairs at the AA, warned The Daily Mail about the potential consequences of any mistakes, saying, "What was designed as a security measure to deter criminal clocking may bite back on the unwary. It is highly unlikely that the tester will make a mistake but the consequences are serious enough for the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to issue a specific warning.
"It would be extremely awkward for an innocent owner to be accused of clocking a vehicle when they try to sell it on or get it re-tested, because they hadn't checked the certificate.
"With the clocking of vehicles rife in some parts of the country, threatening the safety and finances of used car buyers, the slight possibility of a mileage mistake during the MOT test is seen as a risk worth taking."
Around 26.6 million cars undergo a MOT each year, with the new computerised scheme aimed at preventing forged or tampered data entering the car market. VOSA have also warned that disparities in a car's mileage and its MOT records could possibly be due to an owner replacing its speedometer.
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