Mileage Check

Understanding the mileage history of a used car can benefit you in several ways, from discovering whether a vehicle has been overused with a higher risk of mechanical problems and lower resale value to discovering mileage discrepancies indicating possible interference.

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What is a Mileage Check?

To determine if a vehicle’s mileage reading has been tampered with, a mileage check reviews the odometer history of the vehicle. This data can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association), NAMA (National Association of Motor Auctions), RMI (Retail Motor Industry Federation), as well as the DVLA and MOT mileages recorded by the DVSA. We offer a free check that includes an MOT mileage verification.

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Frequently asked questions about Mileage Check

Why is it important to check a vehicle's mileage?

Checking a vehicle’s mileage can give you an idea of how much wear and tear the car has undergone and whether the odometer has been tampered with. A low mileage car may have fewer mechanical problems than a high mileage car, but it’s important to check the vehicle’s overall condition as well.

What should I do if I suspect a vehicle's mileage has been clocked?

If you suspect that a vehicle’s mileage has been clocked, you should not buy the car and report the seller to the relevant authorities. You can also contact the online vehicle history checking services, who may have additional information on the car’s history.

What is clocking a vehicle's mileage?

Clocking a vehicle’s mileage refers to the illegal practice of winding back the odometer to make the car appear to have a lower mileage than it actually does. This is done to increase the car’s value and deceive potential buyers.

How can I check a vehicle's mileage?

You can check a vehicle’s mileage by looking at the car’s service history documents, MOT certificates, and logbook (V5C). You can also use online vehicle history checking services like motorscan to get a more detailed report on the car’s history

What is a VOSA MOT mileage check?

A VOSA MOT mileage check, also known as a DVSA MOT mileage check, is a process that verifies the recorded mileage of a vehicle during its most recent MOT (Ministry of Transport) test. The check is performed by the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) and is intended to ensure that the mileage on the vehicle’s odometer is accurate and has not been tampered with.

This check is particularly important when buying or selling a used car, as inaccurate mileage readings can affect the value and safety of the vehicle. The VOSA MOT mileage check is a reliable source of information about the vehicle’s true mileage, and can help buyers and sellers make informed decisions about the transaction.

How do you tell if a car's mileage has been clocked?

“Mileage clocking” or “mileage fraud” is the act of rolling back or manipulating a car’s odometer to make it appear as though the vehicle has fewer miles than it actually does. This is illegal and unethical, and can deceive potential buyers into paying more for a vehicle that has been driven farther than advertised. There are several ways to tell if a car’s mileage has been clocked:

Check the service history: If the car’s service history shows an unusually low mileage for its age, this could be a red flag.

Check the wear and tear: A car with low mileage should show less wear and tear than a car with higher mileage. If the car’s condition seems inconsistent with its mileage, this could indicate that the odometer has been tampered with.

Check the paperwork: The car’s logbook, MOT certificates, and service records should all show a consistent and believable mileage. If there are discrepancies or gaps in the paperwork, this could be a sign that something is not right.

Use a mileage checking service: There are several companies that offer mileage checking services, such as Motorscan, which can compare the recorded mileage with other sources of data to verify its accuracy. Some of these services may charge a fee.

Overall, it’s important to be cautious when buying a used car and to do your research before making a purchase. If you suspect that a car’s mileage has been clocked, it’s best to walk away and look for another vehicle.
Published April 20, 2023 by Zoe Hicks | Last reviewed February 4, 2024 by Jonathan McDonald