A recent survey which indicates “car clocking” is rampant in Donegal has created shock waves throughout the county both with reputable motor dealers and Garda sources.
Cartel, the organisation which has been monitoring the situation are calling on the Government to criminalise this action which can have a serious impact on car safety,
The research has shown that 8,100 vehicles in Donegal have had their mileage clocks tampered with, while over 3,000 in Sligo and 2209 in Leitrim have also been ‘clocked’.
‘Clocking’ involves reversing the actual mileage/kilometre reading on a vehicle to make it appear to have covered less miles/kilometres.
The survey has been carried out and Jim Byrne from the organisation said, “It is a significant problem nationally where 10% of the vehicles surveyed have been tampered with. However, it is a serious problem in
Donegal with such a high number.”
A senior member of the Road Traffic Corps told the Donegal Democrat: “This is an extremely dangerous situation and one that can have serious implications on road safety. A driver may have purchased a car confident that it has say, 50,000 miles on the clock where in fact it could have double or three times that amount. The vehicle may not even be roadworthy.
“Part of the problem is that many people are now buying cars off the Internet, from magazines or off the side of the road - most of those will look great but may not be all that they are made out to be.
“It is shocking that there are over 8,000 suspect cars out there - the NCT test will record mileage and at the moment that is probably the only way we have of keeping an accurate record.
A motor dealer in Donegal Town told the Donegal Democrat, “Realistically the only reliable place to buy a car is from a reputable motor dealer - we test everything and ensure that any vehicle that leaves our door is totally roadworthy.
“Unfortunately there are too many people looking for that cheap bargain but it could be a bargain that could cost them their life.”