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Clocking Scams Increase

Don’t Get Caught Out

car-speedometerThe Independent recently featured an article warning readers about the growing number of vehicle clocking scams. As more and more people look to buy second-hand cars, it seems some shady characters have looked to make a fast buck by altering the mileage on vehicles - and according to the article up to 100,000 miles have been removed from the clock in some cases.

The article stated that 11% of second-hand cars on the road are expected to have been clocked in some way, which by any standard is a huge amount. Back in February, we shared some useful tips and things to look out for when buying a second-hand vehicle, but the research from has made us want to take a look at this scam in more detail.

It's well documented that the new car market is suffering at the moment, whilst the second-hand market is booming as people look to make savings where they can. This has generated a lot of debate about the benefits of going to a dealership registered with The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) as opposed to a private individual.

It's important to remember that by going to a SIMI registered dealer you will have a comeback in case there's something wrong with the car. You can typically get a good length warranty and have greater legal backing, but all of this means that you're likely to pay more for the car. Whilst, a SIMI registered dealer will provide you with a certain level of comfort, we should point out that the vast majority of people selling cars privately do it honestly. But there's undoubtedly a minority who are out to scam people.

The best advice is; if you're in anyway unsure or if the deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is and you should avoid buying the car altogether.