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Mileage checking

Guys and Gals,

After numerous breakdowns of my wife's Kangoo, I have decided to replace it. I regularly search for cars via autotrader by entering a local postcode, setting the max mileage to 10k and the max distance from postcode to 10 miles. I did that 3 weeks ago and came up with a Megane II convertible on a 57 reg with only 5600 miles recorded.

We visited the dealer - a Toyota main dealer - the Megane had been taken in part ex. The car was clean as a whistle - a privilege model with full leather that doesn't even have backside imprints in the seats. I took the car to a specialist who's impression was that it was very straight. However, each time I visited the dealer the MOT slips were not available for inspection. Still, the dealer, a large reputable organisation., was adamant that the mileage was correct, so we placed a deposit on the car and agreed minor works - the specialist observed thee rear brake disks had corroded as the car had been sat in the previous owners garage and rarely used.

Tonight we attended the dealership to collect the car as the minor works were complete. I had insisted that the proof of mileage was produced before we finalised the deal. Sure enough, the dealer had produced the VOSA mileage records from the MOTs for our inspection as agreed. The service book showed that the car had received only one service at about 18 months old with a few hundred miles recorded. However, the VOSA records showed that the mileage at the first MOT was 35.5k, so it had done about 35k in 18 months - not impossible, but unlikely. The next MOT shows about 4.5k, the next 4.9k, the next 5.6k, the next 5.7k. Each MOT was done roughly at the anniversary of the first reg at the beginning of October, with the exception of the last one which was done today only 7 weeks after the last, hence the seriously low miles covered.

When challenged about this mileage anomaly, the dealer said they had contacted the recorded MOT station who had admitted a typographical error on their part when entering the mileage on the first MOT, but I am not convinced, and after thinking I was paying 5k for a near new (in terms of miles covered) car, I now consider I am paying for a 40k miles car - certainly that it what the VOSA records indicate.

I have been told that some cars' ECUs record the mileage which cannot be clocked as easily as the dashboard gauges. If the ECU does record the mileage, then a main dealer or other motor factor with the appropriate specialist equipment can read the ECU recorded mileage. Anyone any ideas if Megane II has this feature? Or any other ideas how to corroborate the mileage and prove/disprove the 'typo' story?

Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated - I think the missis is rather fed up of her aged unreliable Kangoo, had always wanted a convertible, and was really taken with this apparently new car - she was very disappointed tonight when I refused to complete the transaction because of the mileage anomaly.


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