Industry Experts HPI and CAP Automotive Reveal The Real Cost Of Clocking For Dealers and Buyers

  • Reducing the mileage of a Ford Fiesta, the bestselling vehicle in the UK in 2014, from 90,000 to 30,000 adds £1,875 to the price tag, up 35%*
  • Range Rover Evoque sees the price tag increase by £4,250 after clocking, an increase of nearly 20%*
  • The popular VW Golf rises by nearly 40% and the Nissan Leaf electric car sees a rise of 36%*
  • Sportier models, such as the Mazda MX 5 convertible see their values increase by 36% after clocking, whilst the prestigious Audi A3 could see its price tag rise by 30%*

*all of the above figures are based on reducing its mileage from 90,000 to 30,000 miles

Clocking continues to pose a real threat for used car buyers, including dealers and their customers, warns HPI.  To highlight this,HPI has joined forces with CAP Automotive, the premier provider of vehicle values, to lift the lid on just how much dodgy sellers stand to make from a clocked car, conning dealers out of profit and risking both their reputation and legal repercussions.

Neil Hodson, Managing Director of HPI comments, “According to the latest SMMT figures, the Ford Fiesta was the bestselling vehicle in the UK in 2014, with 131,254 new car sales made. However, according to CAP figures, fraudsters are increasingly cashing in on the popularity of the family car, with clocked models potentially earning them up to 35% on the price tag.  That means unsuspecting used car buyers could lose £1,875 on a vehicle with an altered mileage.

“The CAP figures show that, perhaps surprisingly, it is the lower value vehicles that see the biggest percentage increase from mileage correction, making them more attractive to fraudsters.  For example, hatchbacks like the VW Golf can garner a whopping 40% profit for clockers who fraudulently take 60,000 miles off the clock.  The result is an extra £3,000 which comes straight out of an unlucky buyer’s wallet.”

Philip Nothard, CAP Automotive’s retail & consumer expert says, “CAP’s valuation data conclusively shows the potential cost to dealers and motorists of the clocking problem.  With clockers able to add thousands of pounds onto the value of a car, unsuspecting buyers stand to lose out, as do dealers.  That’s why we advise retailers and consumers alike to conduct a vehicle history check to spot a mileage discrepancy before they buy.”

Neil Hodson concludes, “It’s almost impossible to tell a clocked vehicle just by looking at it, which makes a vehicle history check a vital part of the dealer’s arsenal against fraudsters.  A  check carried out by the National Mileage Register will exhaust all avenues to correctly validate the vehicle’s mileage, giving dealers absolute confidence in the quality and status of their stock as well as a sound legal defence in the event of a discrepancy being uncovered.”

 Impact Of Reducing Vehicle Mileage By 60,000 Miles

Manufacturer Model Year Retail Value at 30,000 miles Retail Value at 60,000 miles Retail Value at 90,000 miles Impact of 60,000 miles
Ford Fiesta 1.25 (82)
Zetec 3 door
2012 £7,225 £6,225 £5,350 £1,875
Volkswagen Golf 1.6 Tdi (105)
Match 5 door
2012 £11,450 £9,725 £8,225 £3,225
Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dci
(110) Tekna 5 door
2012 £13,550 £11,950 £10,550 £3,000
Audi A3 1.6 Tdi S Line
3 door
2012 £15,895 £13,950 £12,195 £3,700
Fiat 500 1.2 Lounge
3 door
2012 £6,995 £6,350 £5,795 £1,200
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer
1.4i 16v Tech Line
5 door
2012 £8,875 £7,675 £6,595 £2,280
Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Sxi
5 door
2012 £5,950 £5,195 £4,525 £1,425
Nissan Leaf 5 door Auto 2012 £10,795 £9,295 £7,925 £2,870
Land Rover Range Rover
Evoque 2.2 SD4
Pure 5 door
2012 £26,000 £23,750 £21,750 £4,250
Mazda MX-5 Convertible
1.8i SE 2 door
2012 £9,275 £8,375 £6,775 £2,500

SMMT Top 10 new car sales in the UK 2014 – Make and Model

1 Ford Fiesta 131,254
2 Ford Focus 85,140
3 Vauxhall Corsa 81,783
4 Volkswagen Golf 73,880
5 Vauxhall Astra 59,689
6 Nissan Qashqai 49,909
7 Volkswagen Polo 48,004
8 Audi A3 45,581
9 Fiat 500 44,005
10 Nissan Juke 39,263


About HPI:

Originally established in 1938, HPI Limited is a primary source of vehicle information for the UK motor industry and motoring consumer which, since December 2008, has been owned by Solera Holdings, Inc.   Solera Holdings, Inc. is an integrated group of leading automotive claims solutions companies. Founded in January 2005 by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tony Aquila, Solera has expanded its geographic reach and now serves more than 55,000 business customers in over 50 countries across six continents.

HPI encompasses both the HPI database of all UK road registered vehicle descriptions and histories, and the National Mileage Register (NMR) which holds in excess of 170 million mileage readings.

Together, HPI and NMR represent one of the UK’s largest vehicle information sources, combining and interpreting data from government agencies, industry bodies, private organisations, the police and the general public. Registering with HPI helps companies to protect their financial interests in motor vehicles and a wide range of other mobile assets. HPI Checks give purchasers instant confirmation of whether vehicles are correctly described, known to be subject to outstanding finance or serious accident damage, or recorded as stolen or “clocked”.

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(1) All prices include VAT and are correct as of 2nd January 2015
(2) Mileage Data is not covered by The HPI Guarantee
**(3) The HPI Guarantee is subject to terms and conditions

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