Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find list of the most frequently asked questions simply click on a question to learn more.
Some cars (not many) record the mileage on their inboard computer that can independently record the mileage separately from the indicated mileage. Simply attaching a diagnostic computer can reveal the mileage. Main dealer service histories can be a very accurate way to check mileage as records are kept on computer and can be verified. A stamped non main dealer service history can be verified only by calling the garage in question and asking them the relevant questions.
A common problem found by us is owners wanting to save money and have their cars serviced cheaply such as “Full service €99”. This is not possible on cars built after 1998 because the oil alone costs €55 that modern cars must have. So what happens is that unsuitable reconditioned (cleaned) oil is used which leads to premature engine failure even in low mileage cars. Even if the book is fully stamped it should only be used as a guideline.
Service histories can be forged. Take the value of an executive car costing €100,000, clock up 100,000 miles and the car is worth €10,000. Now turn the clock back to 40,000 miles and you now have a car worth €50,000. A new service book costs €30 and 4 new rubber stamps costs €100 and you have a fully stamped service book an extra €30,000. Service histories should only be used as a guideline.