So what’s driving the trend? A spokesman for Carly – Connected Car told Avon Tuning: “One of the reasons for the rise in mileage fraud is likely to be the increasing popularity of affordable car finance plans. Personal Contract Purchases and Personal Contract Hire deals often come with strict mileage limits, where each additional mile can be charged at as much as 30p.
“This has led to some owners turning to ‘mileage correction’ firms that offer to dial back the odometer to avoid expensive financial penalties.”
The fact that the motivation for the crime is therefore so the seller can reduce residual loss comes as no compensation for any buyer driving off with wheels that are far more worn than they appear.
The solution to avoiding this risk? Ultimately, law-makers need to focus on one issue: it’s not illegal to clock your car, the only crime being selling it without making the change clear. Professional mileage change firms can usually reset your odometer with no more than a USB connection and a laptop. Pending any law change, be wise and be aware: check obvious signs of wear on the car you’re contemplating and, if signs suggest the mileage is false, walk away.