Revealed: the 10 vehicle types most likely to be ‘clocked’


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Lowering the mileage on a car’s odometer – also known as ‘clocking’ – isn’t a new problem, but did you know it’s a particular issue among certain vehicle types?


Cap HPI has revealed the UK’s top 10 vehicle types for ‘clocking’, along with the vehicle colour most likely to be stolen – and if you’re in the market for a minibus, you might want to double check the mileage.

Car clocking was a common practice in the UK in the 1990s but has become commonplace again and HPI checks have uncovered a mileage discrepancy in one in 14 vehicles.

The top 10 vehicles most likely to be clocked are:

  1. Minibus
  2. Luxury cars
  3. Roadsters/cabriolets
  4. Compact executives
  5. Estate cars
  6. Family car and performance cars/hot hatches (joint)
  7. Coupes
  8. 4x4s
  9. Executive cars
  10. Small family cars

There’s also a one in three chance that another issue could be uncovered by HPI checks. Besides mileage discrepancies, HPI checks can flag a number of issues including outstanding car finance and whether a car has been stolen.

Interestingly, the colour of car most commonly stolen is orange. The full list is:

  1. Orange
  2. Cream
  3. Pink
  4. White
  5. Yellow
  6. Green
  7. Black
  8. Red/blue
  9. Grey
  10. Gold/silver

If you’re shopping for a used vehicle, take a look at our article so you know the signs of a clocked car to keep an eye out for.

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