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Mileage discrepancy could affect 2.5m vehicles in the UK

Car clocking, Cap HPI.

It is estimated that almost 2.5 million cars in the UK have a recorded mileage discrepancy, according to a study by Rapid Car Check.

Based on a sample size of 4m cars and vans, the company found that 6.3% of vehicles had a recorded mileage discrepancy.

This is caused when the recorded mileage drops between MOT tests or if there is a mixture of odometer reading in miles and kilometres.

Almost 6% were highlighted for having a negative mileage variation between MOT tests, suggesting the mileage was altered or the odometer was replaced between tests.

The Citroen Dispatch was found to have the largest mileage discrepancy, with 31% of vehicles checked failing the Rapid Car Check test.

The Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic were found to be the most affected cars, with the highest volume of recorded discrepancies. Although, these cars were known to suffer with a faulty instrument cluster which may have been replaced legitimately in a number of cases.

As this study only looked at recorded mileages at the time of the MOT test, it does not account for vehicles that were clocked prior to a test, such as those that are less than three years old, and therefore does not give a truly accurate representation of clocking.

In a previous study carried out by Rapid Car Check, the company found that, on average, vehicle mileages were reduced by 70,000 miles in the cases where discrepancies were found.

Only vehicles with more than 1,000 ‘fails’ were included in the data, which can be viewed here.

Top 20 cars and vans with the most mileage discrepancies:

Make & Model

Total Failed

Total Checked

Fail Rate

CITROEN DISPATCH

1363

4373

31.17

RENAULT SCENIC

3207

10757

29.81

PEUGEOT EXPERT

1313

4592

28.59

RENAULT GRAND SCENIC

1667

6020

27.69

FORD TRANSIT

8764

77554

11.30

VAUXHALL COMBO

1354

12080

11.21

BMW X5

1342

13006

10.32

CITROEN XSARA

1250

12212

10.23

VAUXHALL VECTRA

2688

26350

10.20

PEUGEOT 206

2146

21216

10.12

FORD TRANSIT CONNECT

1773

17638

10.05

FIAT PUNTO

2175

22838

9.52

PEUGEOT 307

1130

12402

9.11

MERCEDES-BENZ SPRINTER

1256

14087

8.92

RENAULT CLIO

4029

48148

8.37

TOYOTA AVENSIS

1168

14424

8.09

RENAULT MEGANE

2111

26270

8.04

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

4149

51927

7.99

TOYOTA YARIS

2784

35132

7.92

NISSAN MICRA

1911

24293

7.87

 

Cap HPI said the number of vehicles with a mileage discrepancy has increased by 22% year-on-year. In its own study, one in 11 vehicles (836,214) checked in 2019 had a mileage discrepancy, an increase of 22.2% over 2018’s figure (607,981) when one in 14 vehicles was recorded as having a mileage discrepancy.

In the past five years, Cap HPI says the number of vehicles with mileage discrepancies has increased by 45%.

The EU estimates between 5-12% of used cars sold inside EU countries and 30-50% of those sold across borders within the EU have been clocked.



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