Clocked cars are a problem across Europe – says Cork MEP Deirdre Clune

3 December 2015
By David O’Sullivan
david@TheCork.ie

Mileage fraud is undermining confidence in our second hand car market and consumers need more protection from cars that have been tampered with

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Speaking at a workshop on the second hand car market in the European Parliament yesterday, Ireland South MEP and member of the EU transport committee Deirdre Clune has called for immediate pan European action on car clocking in our second hand car market.

The MEP has described how mileage fraud in our second hand car market is costing us billions, impacting on safety and undermining the car market.

“Following an initiative by Anthony Lawlor, TD, in 2013, we have legislation in Ireland which makes it illegal to tamper with the mileage reading on second hand cars. Figures presented to me in the European Parliament show that second hand cars imported to Ireland from the UK are twice as likely as a second hand Irish car to have been clocked. According to cartell.ie, one in seven UK vehicles show mileage discrepancies.

“Some member states, including Ireland have taken action on mileage fraud but in an internal single market, where second hand cars are easily traded across borders, it makes no sense not to tackle this issue on a pan European basis. We need binding EU wide legislation on car clocking to ensure that consumers have confidence to buy a second hand car knowing that it has not been tampered with. We also need to establish an EU based statutory mileage database.

“Mileage “clocking” is costing European Consumers between €5.6 and €9.6 billion annually. Experts in the industry in Ireland claim that car clocking could be as high as 10% of all second hand cars! According to SIMI, the society of the Irish Motor Industry, almost 13% of vehicles imported from the UK had a serious anomaly from the last recorded mileage in the UK. This is also a safety issue! Cars have scheduled maintenance based on their mileage. If the mileage is wrong – then the maintenance will be wrong, leading to a situation where brake pads may be worn, engines may not be correctly serviced, – all of which impacts on safety.

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