Thursday 21 September 2017

The 'buyer', the dealer and the 42,000km clocked car

Clocked car
Clocked car
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Motorists need to be extra vigilant when buying a secondhand car as 'clocking' appears to be rampant right now.

Today we carry the account of one man and the car that had its odometer reading reduced by 42,000km.

Experts would view that as being relatively low in the overall scheme of things, believe it or not, when compared with some astronomical figures they have discovered over the past year or two in other cars.

According to Motorcheck.ie, fraudsters are knocking an average of 120,000km off vehicles' true mileage.

Its managing director Michael Rochford has previously told Motors that the practice is 'widespread' despite it now being a criminal offence.

The major influx of used imports is contributing in some way to the danger of you buying a clocked car but the home market is not immune to it either.

Today, we tell the story of a man who had his heart set on buying a used import.

It was "a gem" he told us. You can turn to Page 5 to see what happened.

Remember, buying a clocked car could cost you thousands of euro if its real mileage, and worth, are discovered.

It will make it much more difficult to sell on - you could be stuck with a worthless vehicle.

And there is the major safety risk with cars that have been driven far more than their odometers would indicate.

It stands to reason that the real danger lurks where parts and structures have been worked and under stress for much longer than claimed.

As the average age of clocked cars is eight years, you could be driving in a significantly worn or weakened structure that could let you down badly in an emergency.

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