News

Mileage fraud hotspots revealed

10/05/2018

Mileage fraud hotspots revealed

Mileage fraud may be more prevalent in UK than previously thought, with the practice risking driver safety as well as costing millions of pounds every year. Carly - Connected Car, the world market leader in mobile car electronics, has found the top four UK hot spots where 18% of vehicles are displaying the incorrect mileage, three per cent higher than the national average of 15%, equating to nearly five million vehicles in total.

According to the data collected from a study of over 150,000 vehicles in the UK, part of a larger survey of one million cars: London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds were identified as the top four overall UK regions for mileage fraud.

One of the reasons for the rise in mileage fraud is likely to be the increasing popularity of affordable car finance plans. Personal Contract Purchases and Personal Contract Hire deals often come with strict mileage limits where each additional mile can be charged at as much as 30p. This has led to some owners turning to 'mileage correction' firms that offer to dial back the odometer to avoid expensive financial penalties.

The knock-on effect on the used car market means unsuspecting motorists are over paying by millions of pounds every year for vehicles which have had their mileage digitally altered; The safety implications of which are very serious as modern cars rely on mileage to give an indication of what service is needed and when parts need replacing.

The study also found large discrepancies between actual fuel consumption and data stated by manufacturers, in some cases these figures differ by almost 75, as well as changes to UK driving behaviour, with 40 per cent of all journeys on UK roads covering just three miles.

Carly's Connected Car app, available for BMW, MINI, Mercedes, Renault, Volkswagen Group cars, performs a manufacturer-quality diagnostic session in minutes. The adapter can tap into the car's multiple computers (ECUs) to check for correlation with the visible speedometer and identify whether data has been manipulated, as well as allowing customerisaton of vehicle comfort features.


Filed Under

We have placed cookies on your device to give you the best possible experience. By continuing to browse our site, you agree to our use of cookies. To find out more, please refer to our Privacy Policy

×

Find an Engineer

To find an engineer please enter your postcode below

Enter Postcode

Search
Assessor Mag
Image

The members magazine of the IAEA.

Published bi-monthly, it covers news, features, case studies, interviews and reports from IAEA meetings across the country to keep members up-to-date with what's happening around the industry. You can read the latest issue online, and also access previous editions by clicking on the relevant links.

Assessor Magazine
Footer Logo

Subscribe to our mailing list

Subscribe

Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy
copyright 2016 The Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors