‘Clock­ing’ of cars on the rise in Ire­land

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

AC­CORD­ING to car his­tory ex­perts Mo­torcheck.ie, al­most a quar­ter of used cars sold in Ire­land have been clocked.

The anal­y­sis ex­am­ined the his­tory of 20,000 ve­hi­cles and found that 23.24 per cent had been clocked, 24 per cent un­der seven years of age were still un­der fi­nance and 6.5 per cent had a warn­ing that the car had pre­vi­ously been se­ri­ously dam­aged or writ­ten off.

Mean­while, cartell.ie has report- ed the clock­ing rate in Ire­land stands at 11% of the fleet in 2012.

It says the fig­ure is based on a sam­ple size in ex­cess of 50,000 from a data-set which is the most com­plete in the Ir­ish mar­ket. The rate of clock­ing has steadily in­creased since the re­ces­sion com­menced. The fig­ure of 11% is al­most twice as high as the com­pa­ra­ble fig­ure in the UK which cur­rently stands at 6% ac­cord­ing to UK ve­hi­cle his­tory check com­pany HPI.

To as­sist in com­bat­ing the rise in ve­hi­cle clock­ing in the Repub­lic of Ire­land, par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing pri­vate-to-pri­vate trans­ac­tions which are vul­ner­a­ble un­der cur­rent con­sumer pro­vi­sions, Cartell's le­gal di­vi­sion drafted a Bill which seeks to crim­i­nalise ve­hi­cle clock­ing in the Repub­lic of Ire­land. The Bill passed Stage I in the Oireach­tas at the end of the 2012 Dáil Ses­sion and is set for Stage II later in 2013.

Cartell Di­rec­tor Jeff Ah­erne says: ‘Clock­ing is a prob­lem in Ire­land, and the in­ci­dence rate has crept wor­ry­ingly up­wards in the past few years. We drafted the Bill be­cause we are con­cerned with the sit­u­a­tion, and we want to be pro-ac­tive and cham­pion con­sumer in­ter­ests - that's what this is about. It's also im­por­tant to be re­spon­si­ble with the fig­ures. At present the rate of clock­ing in the Repub­lic of Ire­land, based on car his­tory checks car­ried out by Cartell.ie, is al­most 11%. This will in­crease if the government fails to take ac­tion.’

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