Avoid odometer fraud by choosing a mega-mileage motor
Big-mileage cars you can trust
Avoid being taken for a ride by sharptalking wide boys
Clocking: that’s what it used to be called in the old days. I suppose the term implied that it was being carried out by a loveable Arthur Daley character, when in fact it should have more accurately been describe as mileage fraud.
Whatever we call it these days, there is evidence that the practise is as prevalent as ever, despite our cars containing more advanced technology. According to Carly Connected Car, which deals in mobile car electronics, at least 18% of all vehicles in London are displaying an incorrect mileage. That’s 3% above the national average and equates to almost five million vehicles in total. The capital, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds are the top four UK regions for mileage fraud.
Essentially, the message here seems to be to avoid searching for your next used car bargain in those nasty cities where you could be taken for a ride by sharp-talking wide boys – and they will be boys, or at least men who should know better.
One of the tactics we can employ to put these unscrupulous types out of business is to embrace those cars with odometer readings so high that there is nothing to be gained by clocking them. A used motor with a starship mileage on its clock isn’t going to shoot up in value if a rogue dealer plugs in a laptop and wipes away a few thousand miles.
So what can we find with more than 200,000 miles on the clock? A quick search on the interweb throws up a glut of contenders. We’re told that diesels are awful things, but the flip side to that argument is that they go on and on. A 2007 Volvo S40 2.0TD with 211,000 miles is still with us and up for sale at just under a grand.
If that is a bit too saloony for you, then a VW Golf is a very solid alternative. A 2004 2.0 TDI GT with an epic 240,000 miles is up for a solid £1250. A BMW is always going to be a class purchase and an 07-plate 320d SE without any issues and 220,000 miles on the odometer is a good choice at £1500.
Cheap cars are easy, but you need nerves of steel to invest in the real heavy metal high-milers. With that in mind, a 2012 Mercedes-benz E250 CDI with Blueefficiency attachments and Avantgarde appointments is £5495. Yes, that is good value, but it also has a whopping 290,000 miles.
There are plenty of Volkswagen Transporters and Toyota Land Cruisers with epic mileages. A 2009 Lexus LS 600h luxo-barge with 250,000 miles at £10,950 is tempting.
When in doubt, then, buy a used car with a big odometer reading.
A diesel-engined Volvo S40 should just run and run
Even with a starship mileage, a Lexus LS 600h is about £10k