If you know the real average mileage
of the car you want to buy, it is much easier to spot suspiciously low mileage
cars and by checking their service records, the condition of the interior and the feel of the clutch (very heavy or very high is bad news) anyone can make a good call on whether the car is a genuine low mileage
deal or a rip-off of some kind.
Check's survey used both methods to verify the mileage
of 1,000 cars.
A shiny steering wheel certainly can indicate high mileage
. However, a good clocker may have replaced it.
To test the hypothesis, I built a simple time/value microeconomic model, where mileage
represented time on the x-axis and both days down and repair cost represented value on the y-axis.
Now used car buyers are being urged to think twice before disregarding high mileage
cars as a bad buy, by experts at Used Car Buyer magazine.
hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) owners have begun to express dissatisfaction with the gas mileage
of their HEVs, arguing that the vehicles do not meet Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fuel economy estimates.
Clocking - when mileage
is altered - is also hitting executive cars and now affects up to one in 11 popular second-hand models, car information company HPI claims.
Under the proposals made by the Federation, motorists would have to record mileages
on registration documents when vehicles are sold or when licence applications are made.
Acollapsing driver's seat is a pretty definite indication of high mileage
It read as 107,600 miles, which conflicted with the 113,000 miles listed as the car's mileage
on the National Mileage
Register in 2002.
The city came out top in a new analysis carried out by AA Cars - the AA's used car website - which looked at low mileage
and reasonably aged stock, as well as affordable price tags.
The average mileage
in the first three years prior to the first MOT could be determined from the first MOT's mileage
and reasonable allowances made for relevant VED form entries.