HPI launches e-petition to close mileage correction firms

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HPI is urging dealers and consumers to sign an e-petition to force the government to outlaw 50 firms offering mileage corrections.

The vehicle information specialist has launched an e-petition on the government’s DirectGov website and hopes to attract 100,000 signatories.

“Across the UK, these companies are turning back the miles on used cars, helping certain sellers push up the price of vehicles,” said Daniel Burgess, HPI’s managing director.

“One in 20 cars checked with HPI show a discrepant mileage, and this figure has risen by 10% in the last 5 years. Dealers need to tackle the threat of clocking head on, as they risk unwittingly part exchanging clocked vehicles and selling them on to customers, putting their business and their reputation at risk.”

Burgess said firms operating mileage corrections were benefitting from a legal loophole which needs to be closed.

“Dealers are well aware that clocking itself isn’t illegal, but selling a clocked car without declaring its true mileage is. Whilst there is rarely a legitimate reason to alter the mileage on a vehicle, Trading Standards estimates there are 50 mileage correction firms operating in Britain. Some of these companies will be exploiting a legal loophole that could help unscrupulous sellers make a fast profit at the expense of dealers and consumers alike. We’re calling for a change to the law and dealers should be too. Our e-petition will give motorists and the motor industry a chance for their voice to be heard.”

The petition has attracted over 100 signatories.

Click – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/40393 – for the e-petition.