Mileage - How to check if original??

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Anyone out there know how I can check the mileage on a vehicle.

I know the mileage always goes on the MOT, so there must be a data base somewhere in the department of transport!!

But the question is how does Joe Bloggs get to access this info?? :?:
 
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When the car is sold on I believe the mileage has to go on the slip on the V5 that goes to the DVLA. So if it has had more than one owner you can check that way.

If the digits on the milometer are not perfectly aligned, steer well clear, its probably been clocked.

Get an HPI check it's only a few quid http://www.hpicheck.com/newfrontend/what_check.jsp

Look at the rubbers on the pedals, if its supposed to be low mileage and the rubbers are all worn, alarm bells should start ringing. Like wise with the carpet on the drivers side and the steering wheel surface. If its all shiny and worn, it's probable done a lot of miles.
 
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nstreet said:
When the car is sold on I believe the mileage has to go on the slip on the V5 that goes to the DVLA. So if it has had more than one owner you can check that way.

its optional. its not required
 
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Get the last owner details from the log book and make contact with him. Just ask him how many miles his old car had on the clock when he sold it.
If the garage has nothing to hide they will let you see the log book. If not stay away.
 
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The true accumulated total mileage, is stored somewhere within the electronics of the car.

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When the car is sold on I believe the mileage has to go on the slip on the V5 that goes to the DVLA. So if it has had more than one owner you can check that way.

If the digits on the milometer are not perfectly aligned, steer well clear, its probably been clocked.

Get an HPI check it's only a few quid http://www.hpicheck.com/newfrontend/what_check.jsp

Look at the rubbers on the pedals, if its supposed to be low mileage and the rubbers are all worn, alarm bells should start ringing. Like wise with the carpet on the drivers side and the steering wheel surface. If its all shiny and worn, it's probable done a lot of miles.

All of this depends on how old the car in question is and how many miles it has supposedly done. If it's over 100k I wouldn't even bother looking at any of this....it's irrelevant.

MOdern cars have digital odometers so the supposed failsafe of crooked numbers is pointless.

Pedal rubbers and steering wheels can be changed.

If you get the V5c number or an old MOT doc you can access the last few MOT reports online....a far better option than old wives tales.
 
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Get the last owner details from the log book and make contact with him. Just ask him how many miles his old car had on the clock when he sold it.
If the garage has nothing to hide they will let you see the log book. If not stay away.

And how many will remember the mileage accurately?
 
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The true accumulated total mileage, is stored somewhere within the electronics of the car.

Wotan

You may be lucky enough to have a modern car but many of us have an old speedo with rotating drums.

In any case you can buy clocking programs on Ebay for about £40
 
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