Certain things have to be steered way clear of when buying a used car. There are people out there that will happily hide any difficulties with a car they are selling, without any care for the person who ends up buying it. With this being the case, follow these tips to avoid procuring a clocked automobile.
It is not uncommon for a car to have its mileage reversed: a practice referred to as ‘clocking’. There are plenty of Sellers out there who think nothing of conning someone for quick money and are quite happy, trading in clocked vehicles, as well as misery. Manufacturers face an unceasing and seemingly interminable struggle to fight against clocking, because whatever technology they enforce, ‘clickers’ just develop software to bypass it. There are ways though, to look at a car and define whether or not it has been subjected to the procedure of clocking.
The appearance of an automobile can provide a lot of clues as to whether or not the mileage of a car is real. By looking for damage to the hood and front bumper of a motorcar you can check whether it has served its time on the roads – look for scuff marks, scratches and minor dents. Looking at the front-end is a fantastic way of separating the wheat from the chaff.
Also superb for the spotting of clocking is the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals. When a car has been used a lot then the pedals get really worn. Straight-metal pedals become shiny and worn on one side, whilst plastic-coated pedals wear down a great deal on one side. When cars have done a great deal of kilometers/miles then the steering wheel would have been gripped onto for many an hour, so you should check the wear on a car’s steering wheel.
Another thing that you should always do before buying a vehicle is found out what the approximate mileage is for a motorcar that age. Do your researches by maybe looking at ten that are of a similar age and in a similar category – if you’re looking to purchase a people carrier then check ten other people carriers? A car should have roughly 10,000 miles on the clock for every 12 months it has been on the road. So, if a fifteen-year-old car has 2,000 miles on the dash, simply do not buy it – don’t even consider going to take a look at it!