‘Clocked Half the Mileage’

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‘Clocked Half the Mileage’

James McEvoyI would like to thank you for the Motorcheck service I have been using to find my next car. My story should be of good assistance to you in promoting motorcheck to a greater extent to all nervous buyers out there and buyers who want the right car.

I purchased the bundle deal for €30 you offer on your website which allowed me check the history of 3 prospective cars I was interested in buying. Like every buyer out there, I was aiming to get the perfect car with the perfect background history on it.

I am big into my cars and when it comes to buying a car, sometimes, looking over it yourself is not enough. You need to check the full background history of the car before you even go and look at it. This could save you a long journey, that in current times could cost you €30 with the price of diesel and petrol.

I saw a lovely gleaming white 2007 BMW 320D advertised on a popular used car website. The seller was selling it for €13,150. It had only 70,000 miles on it with a full BMW service history. I thought this was the one and drove up to Donegal on a Sunday morning back in September 2011 with a friend, and a deposit.

As I am from Cavan it was a good 2 hour journey but as the seller told me “You will want this car as soon as you see it”. I met the seller in his hometown in Donegal and looked at the car upside down and inside out. I even tested the car out. We could not find one fault with the car, everything was perfect. Even better I got the price down €12,650. I gave the seller a €200 deposit for the car as he said that was the lowest he could accept in order to keep the car for me after I had told him I would pick the car up next Friday having the loan approved with the bank.

I was delighted, and could not stop talking about the car the whole journey back to Cavan!

Then, out of curiosity, I did what every buyer should do before they go to look at a car. I used motorcheck to check the history of my newly purchased BMW. Motorcheck revealed all! The car was last serviced in England in June 2011 at 142,000 miles. I should have known – after all it was a “one company owner from new” car, but I simply could not find a fault in the car. How wrong was I.

I tried to get my deposit back but the seller would not give it back. I was in such a rage the car had been clocked half the mileage than it had on display. In hindsight I suppose losing €200 wasn’t as bad as forking out €12,650 for a car which had a much higher mileage than it showed.

So there ya go folks, that’s my story, it really does pay to Motorcheck the vehicle. You simply cannot trust a seller to tell you the whole truth.”

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