New figures from Cap HPI have shown that mileage discrepancies of cars on UK roads is now at 1 in 16. This number has jumped significantly from 2014, when it was 1 in 20 cars.

Car clocking is a particularly big issue for those who work in the motor trade and can affect things like the validity of a commercial fleet insurance policy very easily even if only one of the cars in the fleet is shown to have been tampered with.

What makes clocking such a nightmare for car buyers is that it can be almost impossible to detect simply by looking at a vehicle. Thankfully doing a HPI check is a very reliable way around this problem. Not only does doing a HPI check compare a vehicle’s mileage with that on the National Mileage Register but it also lets you know if a vehicle is recorded as stolen, has been written off or has outstanding finance.

Head of industry relations at Cap HPI, Barry Shorto had the following to say:

“There are numerous reasons why clocking is on the up. The continued development of technologies to alter digital odometers, increasingly easy access to this technology via the internet and similarly, the ease of access to mileage adjustment services online, some of whom will behave legitimately, others less so.

“The increase in mileage-related finance arrangements such as PCP and PCH may also be a contributing factor.”

“The message to clockers is clear – it’s only a matter of time before they are caught and brought to justice. HPI remains committed against clocking as well as raising awareness of the value of its National Mileage Register.”

Speaking about why it’s so important to do a HPI check so you know the true mileage of a vehicle, Corto added:

“A clocked vehicle could be hiding serious levels of wear and tear, especially if it has been previously used as a high mileage private hire vehicle for a couple of years, meaning the additional cost of unexpected repairs or even a potentially serious safety threat to driver, passengers and other road users.”