BBC's Watchdog focuses on Clocking
HPI works closely with BBC to expose fraudsters and protect consumers
We joined forces with BBC Watchdog journalists to help uncover a clocking scam, which was making a fraudster posing as Ashley Singh and his brother thousands of pounds per sale. With 1 in 20 cars checked by HPI showing mileage discrepancies it is essential that used car buyers stay vigilant and protect themselves from the risk of unscrupulous vendors.
Mr Singh was selling clocked cars from his home via online used car sales websites, using fake identities and even doctoring the service histories to cover his tracks. Watchdog set up the two fraudsters by selecting a car that would be a prime target for a clocker. They sold him the car for £2,300 with a mileage of 128,000 miles and later found the Singhs selling it for £6,000 with a mere 47,000 on the clock.
Modern digital odometers are now commonplace, making it even easier for clocked vehicles to evade detection, as the traditional tell-tale signs of damage to screws or poorly aligned numbers are not visible. The Office of Fair Trading issued a report into the used car market earlier this year which featured figures show that clocking costs buyers £500 million each year and both the BBC and HPI urge used car buyers to protect themselves. Anyone wanting to verify mileages would be best served with an HPI Check, which includes a National Mileage Check as standard, using information that dates back to 1997. HPI’s National Mileage Register now contains over 13 years worth of records, totalling more than 135 million readings, giving buyers extra assurance that a vehicle checked by HPI has not been clocked.
The most worrying thing is that clocked vehicles may be dangerous. Vehicles with incorrect mileages may have more wear and tear than the buyer realises and may have missed important services and part replacement dates. HPI urges consumers protect themselves from the threat of clockers and the risk of paying over the odds for what may be a dangerous vehicle.
With more vehicle information than anybody else, HPI also confirms the vehicle description, whether it is currently recorded as stolen, been written-off by an insurance company or is subject to outstanding finance.To find out more visit www.hpicheck.com.