Car odometer corrected - advice needed..

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Found 10th May 2010
Hi. I need advice.
My friend recently bought a car and found out that its odometer was corrected. He found a receipt which had written more miles than the acutally odometer has, so he checked mot history at dvla site and there he saw that one year the car had less miles than year before!
So, what should he do now? I guess that if he goes to police he would end without a car and the money(for some time). Is it worth it if the car drives without any problems?

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How did he buy it was it private or by the trade

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Well it needs reporting to ts/police I would have thought if he has an accident he will be unisured when they inspect the car.

Also he won't be able to sell it on now legally, he knows it's been clocked it's going to give him a load of grief.

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as far as i remember, if the mileage needs 'correcting' they have to zero it and price and sell it as unknown mileage

tinkerbell28;8574642

Well it needs reporting to ts/police I would have thought if he has an … Well it needs reporting to ts/police I would have thought if he has an accident he will be unisured when they inspect the car.Also he won't be able to sell it on now legally, he knows it's been clocked it's going to give him a load of grief.



Incorrect

I guess that if he goes to police he would end without a car and the … I guess that if he goes to police he would end without a car and the money(for some time)



There is no such law that the police could enforce.

Its really bad the amount of cars that have been clocked im looking for a car at the moment and do all the checks on the dvla website and its really bad. The amount is shocking.

Get an rac hpi check.Upto £5000.00 comp if stiched up like your mate.
And the extra deal is they put you onto aviva for a quote for ins and take it or not you get 7 days fully comp ins free so can take the car away straight away.

:xAre we talking a lot of miles? Obviously the car is worth a lot less if its had say 50k knocked off the mileage.
Chances of compensation or money back
If bought private fat chance if a trader pretnding to be a private buyer faint chance, if a respectable garage good chance .
Tradings standards would be interested if a trader involved but normally not a one off private sale.

Banned

if its a really old receipt it could of changed hands several times since being clocked

Original Poster

newbie1001;8574633

How did he buy it was it private or by the trade



It was private seller.

DEALWARRIOR

Are we talking a lot of miles? Obviously the car is worth a lot less if … Are we talking a lot of miles? Obviously the car is worth a lot less if its had say 50k knocked off the mileage.



It was about 13k miles less between mot`s, but he`s not sure if it wasn`t done few times more.

what makes you think its been clocked ? it may well have had a second hand speedo head fitted due to the original being faulty.

Banned

TBH your friend should of checked with the DVLA or other before buying not after, its unlikely they with get anything back now unless the seller agrees to a refund
Take it as an expensive lesson and remember it for the future

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whatsThePoint;8574964

if its a really old receipt it could of changed hands several times since … if its a really old receipt it could of changed hands several times since being clocked



That receipt is in the name of previous owner who had this car for about 3 years and mot with less miles than other year was in that time.

richp

what makes you think its been clocked ? it may well have had a second … what makes you think its been clocked ? it may well have had a second hand speedo head fitted due to the original being faulty.



Someone was tying to make `0` from `1` in mileage on mentioned receipt. It was like 116388 => 106388, when actually car have about 108k on the clock.

It today's age with the technology we have it would be easy to have this as an MOT failure unless documentation is shown to prove the mileage has a legitamate reason for been less. Afterall all the figures are on the MOT database to start with.

Fiatolot;8574972

It was private seller.It was about 13k miles less between mot`s, but he`s … It was private seller.It was about 13k miles less between mot`s, but he`s not sure if it wasn`t done few times more.



You should check it against that MOT database online,

I'm sure it tells you the mileage too..

I've tested plenty of cars that dont display the mileage at all (electronic display), if its not displayed, in the mileage box of the MOT certificate we put N/A, also I've seen plenty of analogue ones that have shown the same mileage or indeed less or more mileage then the year before.

Fiatolot;8574972

It was private seller.



There's not a lot you can do apart from call the seller and see what they say imo.

Clocks go faulty all the time, there may well be a genuine reason why they were changed.

The moral of the story is to do all the checks before you buy the car, once you've bought it stop checking and hope for the best:thumbsup:

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newbie1001;8575317

It today's age with the technology we have it would be easy to have this … It today's age with the technology we have it would be easy to have this as an MOT failure unless documentation is shown to prove the mileage has a legitamate reason for been less. Afterall all the figures are on the MOT database to start with.



stop talking ********, incorrect mileage will not fail an MoT. All this guy needs to do is put mileage is not correct when he goes to sell it and make it very obvious or he will be breaking that trade description thing. Even then I don't think it matters if its a private sale.

On my motorbike I've got a spare clock that I put on for a while as the other one seemed faulty, then swapped them over again. I will be making it plainly obvious that the mileage is not correct when I go to sell it. It's not hard either, just take the cable out. On VW Golfs I know you can buy 2nd hand clocks fit them in to reduce the mileage.

lumoruk;8575933

stop talking ********, incorrect mileage will not fail an MoT. All this … stop talking ********, incorrect mileage will not fail an MoT. All this guy needs to do is put mileage is not correct when he goes to sell it and make it very obvious or he will be breaking that trade description thing. Even then I don't think it matters if its a private sale.On my motorbike I've got a spare clock that I put on for a while as the other one seemed faulty, then swapped them over again. I will be making it plainly obvious that the mileage is not correct when I go to sell it. It's not hard either, just take the cable out. On VW Golfs I know you can buy 2nd hand clocks fit them in to reduce the mileage.



Where exactly did i say it was an MOT failure, I said i THINK it should be but that is my opinion. As for the seller putting the mileage is not correct that would be great and it would devalue the car like putting incorrect mileage should anyway.

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newbie1001;8576280

Where exactly did i say it was an MOT failure, I said i THINK it should … Where exactly did i say it was an MOT failure, I said i THINK it should be but that is my opinion. As for the seller putting the mileage is not correct that would be great and it would devalue the car like putting incorrect mileage should anyway.



how does the mileage affect the safety of a car?
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