12 Jul 2024
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Nissans found to be most-clocked nearly-new car brand

7.1% of nearly new cars for sale have been clocked, with Nissans the most afflicted in this segment, a survey by vehicle history checking provider carVertical has found.

   Make              Proportion clocked
1 Nissan             18.9%
2 Renault            16.1%
3 Peugeot           15.8%
4 Kia                  11.9%
5 Citroën            11.7%
6 Audi                 10.5%
7 Opel                 8.5%
8 Porsche            7.4%
9 Volkswagen      7.4%
10 Land Rover     6.8%

According to carVertical, 9.6% of all cars checked on the site over the last 12 months to September were found to be clocked.

Commenting on the finding, Matas Buzelis, Car Expert at carVertical, said: “A lot of drivers might think buying a newer used car which has had fewer owners and miles on the road is a safer bet. But buying a newer vehicle doesn’t eliminate the risks of getting a car with clocked mileage or hidden defects.

“Some new car buyers purchase vehicles and agree not to exceed a certain mileage so they can get better financing or lower their monthly rates. However, fraudulent drivers ignore these agreements and roll the odometer readings back so it appears they complied with the contract they signed.”