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Re: Mileage clocked ARGGGGHHH!!

If the law has been broken then it will be civil matter although the consumer advice or trading standards may take action. But in the case of a private sale I doubt it.

For any action to occur you will need to have independent evidence to present to a court of law. Independent being the key word. A court may take the view the sale was fraudulent and be prepared to accept that ignorance of the facts or law is no excuse by the previous owner. It may also be accepted that both the previous and current owner both have been victims of fraud.

Tracing why and when the mileage was altered will be the main difficuty. If you can ascertain through records the alteration occured during the previous ownership you may stand a better chance of success.

Many dealers will not give out service records on the grounds it may be in breach of the Data Protection Act although they may be compelled to either by a civil or court summons. The best method of approach would be to ask for your money back on return of the car that way neither party will have lost.
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