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:
- Luxury cars
- Compact executives
- Estate cars
- Family car and performance cars/hot hatches (joint)
- Executive cars
- 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:
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.