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UK car dealers back EU proposals to ban mileage correction firms

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UK car dealers are backing EU proposals to introduce legislation outlawing mileage correction firms by May 2018. 

The findings follow a survey from HPI, which showed that 71% of car dealers support the EU decision. 

A further 92% of those said that dealers, who are actively adjusting odometers without declaring the act to buyers, should be sought out and prosecuted. 

The support by used car traders to address the issue of clocking follows industry calls to the Government to regulate the registering of mileages adjustments, as well as introducing more mandated occurrences of when mileage information should be collected and recorded. 

Neil Hodson, managing director for HPI, said, “It’s clear from our survey, that most dealers are eager to see stricter measures be put in place to tackle clocking, beyond outlawing mileage correction firms.  

"Interestingly, 93% of dealers we surveyed said they have never had cause to adjust or correct a car’s mileage, confirming that fraud is driving this activity. The risks to traders and consumers alike are significant," said Hodson "A dealer who unwittingly buys and sells a clocked car could face hefty fines and prosecution, not to mention damaging their reputation.”

Sue Robinson from the RMI ( Retail Motor Industry Federation) said, “We completely agree that there is a need for legislation to tackle the issue of mileage adjustment, better known as ‘clocking’.

"This issue is detrimental to reputable vehicle dealers and consumers alike. The Government needs to send a clear message that this behaviour is unacceptable and legislation must be changed to prevent clocking.”

Hodson said: “Currently, criminals out to make a fast profit can hide behind the label of legitimacy that mileage correction firms provide.

"Closing these firms down will ultimately reduce the number of clocked vehicles on the UK’s roads, but the changes in law are some way off and more needs to be done now to send a clear message to fraudsters that the net is closing in on them.”

Fleet News revealed last year how fleets and individuals, eager to avoid excess mileage charges, were turning to mileage correction companies to clock the vehicle before they returned it.


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  • Bianca Castafiore - 06/08/2015 12:29

    Can someone please explain why this is an issue now? I'm not in the car trade, but I always thought that clocking was illegal. Instead, is it just illegal if it is done with the intent to claim the vehicle to be worth more than it really is or to defraud a purchaser if the true mileage is hidden?

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    • Gareth Roberts - 06/08/2015 12:55

      Hi Bianca, I've now put a link on the final paragraph of the story above, to a previous article we wrote about clocking, hopefully that should answer your questions.

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