Jan 272016
 

Apparently it is Mercedes owners based in Gloucestershire that rack up almost 50% more miles than the average motorist, according to a study by Warranty Direct.

Cars wearing the three pointed star in the South West area are estimated to cover an average of 14,684 miles each year, 46% more than the national average of 10,076 miles and some 18% more than the average figure for Gloucestershire itself.

Elsewhere in the UK, Land Rovers prove their ‘go further’ mantra as they are the hardest-working vehicles in Hampshire, West Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Berkshire – more regions than any other car – with each registering an average mileage of over 13,000.

Overall, Subaru’s cars have the most annual mileage put on them, with an average of 13,740; the Japanese brand’s Legacy is also the highest-miling individual model.

Swedish manufacturers Volvo and Saab both were both revealed as popular choices for high milers, appearing in third and sixth place respectively, while vehicles from top-selling marques Ford and BMW clearly appeal to those who cover long distances as the brands registered 9th and 10th overall.

Cars in Scotland or the South West do the most miles in the UK, with Stirlingshire, Perthshire Gloucestershire, and Somerset all featuring in the top 10 locations for high-mileage cars.

Away from rolling hills and countryside, cars registered in London are far more likely to spend more time sat in traffic than negotiating winding roads – Londoners clocked up characteristically low mileage figure of 7,990, or 26% below average.

David Gerrans, managing director at Warranty Direct commented: “The mileage you do will dictate how quickly certain components on your car could deteriorate, as well as how long you have between service intervals. Naturally, some people work their cars harder than others and that means they need to be mindful of the potential for servicing and maintenance costs to rise.”

The highest mileage vehicles according to Warranty Direct data

Highest mileage by region/brand Average annual mileage
Gloucestershire – Mercedes Benz 14,684
Hampshire – Land Rover 14,076
West Yorkshire – Land Rover 13,953
Kent – Volvo 13,714
Essex – Citroen 13,667
Leicestershire – Land Rover 13,615
Merseyside – Audi 13,578
Hampshire – Volvo 13,432
Somerset – BMW 13,396
Berkshire – Land Rover 13,277

 

Highest mileage by region Average annual mileage
Stirlingshire 12,984
Perthshire 12,536
County Down 12,454
Gloucestershire 11,900
East Lothian 11,710
Somerset 11,707
Northumberland 11,537
Oxfordshire 11,470
Wiltshire 11,320
County Durham 11,219

 

Highest mileage by brand Average annual mileage
Subaru 13,740
Ssangyong 12,136
Volvo 11,663
Nissan 11,090
Volkswagen 10,899
Saab 10,884
Audi 10,873
Land Rover 10,766
Ford 10,215
BMW 10,180

 

Highest mileage by model Average annual mileage
Subaru Legacy 15,976
Nissan Navara 15,376
Volvo V50 13,578
Audi A8 13,546
Volvo XC60 13,250
Volvo V70 13,226
Audi A5 12,830
Volvo XC70 12,695
Volkswagen Tiguan 12,402
Audi Q7 12,321
Jul 012014
 

Mileage on Dashboard

Vehicle history experts are warning that used car buyers saw an increase in the number of vehicles on the road with a mileage discrepancy, potentially signalling a worrying trend of more dodgy sellers ‘clocking’ cars to earn extra money.

The practice of clocking a car – adjusting the mileage reading to make it worth more – has been around for a number of years, and was in fact made easier with the introduction of digital odometers which removed the traditional tell-tale signs, as well as a surge in the number of so-called ‘mileage correction firms’ popping up that would alter a vehicle’s mileage no questions asked.

However in recent years, HPI had seen a drop in the number of mileage discrepancies uncovered by consumer checks, which was a positive sign that consumer vigilance might be winning the fight against the clockers – hopes which have now been dashed with these latest statistics. In fact, based the SMMT’s used car sales figures for 2013, HPI estimates there could be as many as 486,000* vehicles with a false mileage on the road in the UK.

“But it’s not just an issue of money with clocked cars, there is also a safety concern. Any vehicle that has done a lot more miles than the owner realises could have components that have been excessively worn, even if it looks okay to the naked eye. Plus these cars are likely to have missed out on their scheduled servicing, meaning a mechanic missing vital signs of wear and tear.” Shane Teskey, Senior Consumer Services Manager for www.hpicheck.com, comments, “These are really shocking statistics and represent a worrying trend. Dodgy sellers will take advantage of any angle they can when offloading a car and clocking is one of the easiest ways they can make a fatter profit. In fact, research we conducted with CAP last year found that popular models such the VW Golf can double in value if they have 60,000 miles wound down.

In addition to confirming whether a vehicle is stolen, has been written off or there is finance outstanding, the HPI Check includes a mileage check against the National Mileage Register as standard, now with over 160 million mileage readings – making it the most comprehensive protection against buying a clocked vehicle available. In addition, the HPI Check offers a Guarantee of up to £30,000** in the event of the information it provides being inaccurate or incomplete.

Teskey concludes, “While the rise in mileage discrepancies we’ve seen is a worry, consumers can help stop the clockers by simply being more aware and conducting the appropriate checks before purchasing a used vehicle. This is one of the oldest cons in the book, simply because it is so easy to do and is so profitable, but by the same token it is easy for consumer to be vigilant and conduct a history check. If they do so we can stop dodgy sellers making a fast profit duping buyers.”

Mar 282013
 

Car mileageMotorists in Northern Ireland cover more miles per year than any other in the UK, according to research by Warranty Direct.

Drivers in County Londonderry clock up the most – a car-breaking average of 11,133 miles per year. In fact, counties in rural Northern Ireland occupy three of the top five slots in the automotive warranty specialist’s UK mileage chart.

Scottish counties feature four times in the top 10, with East Lothian-based drivers travelling an average of 10,678 miles while, in England, Suffolk and North Yorkshire are the counties in which drivers spend longest behind the wheel.

At the other end of the scale, the Isle of Wight and London are the best places to find low-mileage cars, with the average motorists there notching up just 6,928 and 8,556 miles a year respectively.

The UK’s top 10 counties for average annual mileage

County

Average annual mileage

County Londonderry

11,133

East Lothian

10,678

County Antrim

10,657

County Down

10,526

Renfrewshire

10,345

Ross-Shire

10,258

Gwent

10,139

Kincardineshire

10,055

Suffolk

10,053

North Yorkshire

10,049

Higher mileage vehicles are more at risk from breakdowns caused by parts simply wearing out. Warranty Direct’s database of 50,000 live policies shows by the time they reach 35,000 miles, 25% of cars will have developed a fault that costs more than £500 to repair.

The parts most likely to fail because of simple ‘wear and tear’ include suspension arms and steering racks, as well as much more expensive components, such as turbos and automatic gearboxes, which can cost up to £1,400 to repair.

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “Drivers based in remote, rural areas with limited public transport networks are, understandably, more dependent on a car for day-to-day travel and are often forced to travel further for the daily commute.

“But, as a car’s mileage increases, so does the likelihood of components wearing out. The majority of car warranties exclude faults that happen because of ‘wear and tear’ so the longer you push your car, the more you could be risking unwanted repair bills.”

The UK’s bottom 10 counties for average annual mileage

County

Average annual mileage

Isle of Wight

6,928

London

8,556

Inverness-shire

8,563

West Sussex

8,787

Midlothian

8,807

Dorset

8,847

East Sussex

8,847

Surrey

8,871

Kent

8,967

Cornwall

8,980

Warranty Direct policies protect the motorist against failures caused by ‘wear and tear’, as well as faults that come to light during routine service and MOT procedures and breakages of insured parts caused by the failure of an uninsured part.

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information or for a quote, go to www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Apr 242008
 

Car ClockingHPI’s National Mileage Register exceeds 125 million records

Confirming its place as the most comprehensive mileage database available in the UK, HPI’s National Mileage Register (NMR) now contains over 125 million mileage readings – providing valuable intelligence for dealers to combat the very real threat of clocking.

The NMR has grown by a staggering 25 million records since this time last year. 1 in every 12 vehicles checked with HPI shows a discrepancy or inconsistency in a vehicle’s mileage.  Whilst upon investigation many inconsistencies are proven innocent, in other cases there is a very clear intention of someone trying to increase the value or the car and deceiving subsequent purchasers.

This consistent growth in the NMR is assisted by manufacturers such as BMW (UK), who provided HPI with a half a million new service and repair mileage records in 2007 – and they look to surpass that number in 2008.

In an HPI investigation, previous owners of the vehicle will be contacted and mileage details confirmed – making sure both dealers and customers are getting exactly what they paid for. The NMR can also provide more than just peace of mind. Any check which uncovers a discrepancy can form the basis of a legal defence against the 1968 Trade Description Act.

Prestige and specialist car retailer the Sytner Group and prestige vehicle manufacturer Bentley Motors are the latest to recognise the crucial role of the NMR – both have recently been given HPI ‘approved’ status, enabling their dealers to benefit from a mileage verification every time they conduct an HPI Check.

Daniel Burgess, director of automotive at HPI comments, “By reaching 125 million records, the National Mileage Register takes us a huge step further towards combating the problem of clocking. Legitimate dealers need to ensure they are protecting both their reputation and customers by making every effort to validate the true mileage of their vehicles, and set themselves apart from the more underhand retailers out there.”