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Top tips on how to spot clocked cars

According to a recent study, clocked cars are on the rise*, but would you know how to spot one?

A clocked car is one which has had its displayed mileage lowered so it can be sold for a higher value. Selling a car without declaring its genuine mileage is not only illegal but also potentially dangerous to drivers because mileage is often used as an indicator of a car’s overall health.

Following figures that suggest as many as 2.3 million cars on UK roads display incorrect mileages**

Duncan Chapman from Ray Chapman Motors Malton on Seven Street said: “Clocked cars cost motorists millions every year, since higher-mileage, lower-value vehicles are being sold on at premium prices. Volvo prides itself on being a leader in safety, so I’ve supplied my top tips to show how you can avoid purchasing a clocked car.

  1. Check service history A car’s mileage is recorded at every MOT test, so check that there are no gaps or questionable mileages where the number is unusually low for one or more years. Previous MOT tests can be checked online at gov.uk/check-mot-history-vehicle
  2. Examine its condition The overall condition of a car will help to indicate how many miles it has travelled, so look for signs of corresponding wear and tear, including a worn steering wheel, pedals and interior switches. Also check for signs that measures have been taken to mask a car’s true mileage, including fresh paint covering bodywork damage.
  3. Take it for a test drive Ideally, try to drive several examples of the same model so you know how the car should feel when you have your test drive. If there are clear differences between the cars, this may suggest that you are driving a clocked car.
  4. Double-check the mileage Keep an eye on the mileage when you collect the car, because clocked car sellers sometimes roll back the mileage for the first viewing and return it to the original mileage after the sale so it appears legal.
  5. Buy from a reputable used car retailer Consider buying from an approved used car programme such as Volvo Selekt. All cars are less than seven years old and have done fewer than 100,000 miles, as well as receiving more than 150 checks to meet Volvo’s exacting safety, performance and appearance standards. When replacements are required, only Volvo genuine parts are used, and each car also comes with twelve months’ warranty. For total peace of mind, there’s even a 30-day / 1,500 mile exchange guarantee to ensure you are 100% satisfied. On 8-11 November 2019, we will be offering 0% APR finance on Volvo Selekt approved used cars***, as well as up to £100 off accessories† and a minimum 12-month Volvo On Call‡ subscription.”

To organise a test drive, or to find out more about Volvo Selekt Approved Used Cars, call 01653 693751.


* In 2017, one in 16 cars checked by hpi had a mileage discrepancy (https://www.hpi.co.uk/content/cost-of-car-clocking/car-clocking-explained/). In 2019, this figure had risen to one in 14 (https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-6857143/Used-car-buyers-one-14-chance-buying-clocked-vehicle.html).

** https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/car-news/consumer-news/88547/car-clocking-is-mileage-correction-legal

*** Finance offer. 0% APR available on Conditional Sale on selected used vehicles purchased through Volvo Car Financial Services from 8 November until 11 November 2019 at participating retailers. Finance subject to status. 30% minimum deposit on V40 models. 50% minimum deposit on other models. Maximum term 36 months. Minimum £7,000 to finance. 18s or over. T&Cs apply. Offer on selected cars. Guarantees may be required. Volvo Car Financial Services, RH1 1SR.

† Accessories offer. Accessories offer available from Friday 8th November until Monday 11 November 2019. Minimum spend of £500 RRP required in order to receive £100 discount, or minimum spend of £250 RRP required in order to receive £50 discount.

‡ Volvo On Call offer. To be eligible for 12 months minimum subscription, the vehicle must be fitted with the Volvo On Call hardware when built at the factory. Offer available on eligible Volvo Selekt used cars purchased from Friday 8 November until Monday 11 November 2019.

Volvo Cars launches fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge as part of new electrified car line

Future Volvo customers will need to answer one fundamental question: do you want a new Volvo with a cord or without one? Today, Volvo Cars introduces the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand-new Recharge car line concept.

The XC40 Recharge, based on the multi-award-winning and best-selling XC40 small SUV, is the first of a family of fully electric Volvos. It represents a true milestone for Volvo Cars: the company’s first electric car and the first Volvo with a brand-new infotainment system powered by Google’s Android operating system.

Over the next five years, Volvo Cars will launch a fully electric car every year, as it seeks to make all-electric cars 50 per cent of global sales by 2025, with the rest hybrids. Recharge will be the overarching name for all chargeable Volvos with a fully electric and plug-in hybrid powertrain.

From early 2020, customers entering the Volvo Cars website will first be asked whether they want a Volvo Recharge car or not. To further encourage electric driving, every Volvo Recharge plug-in hybrid model will come with free electricity for a year, provided through a refund for the average electricity cost during that period.

“We have said this several times before: for Volvo Cars, the future is electric,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volvo Cars. “Today we take a major new step in that direction with the launch of our fully electric XC40 and the Recharge car line.”

The XC40 Recharge is everything customers expect from a Volvo, with the addition of a state-of-the-art, fully electric all-wheel-drive powertrain that offers a range of more than 400km (249 miles) on a single charge and output of 408hp. The battery charges to 80 per cent of its capacity in 40 minutes on a fast-charger system.

The Android-powered infotainment system is fully integrated with Volvo On Call, the company’s digital connected services platform. Via Volvo On Call, plug-in hybrid drivers can track how much time they spend driving on electric power.

To meet the anticipated growth in demand for its Recharge cars, Volvo Cars will triple production capacity for electrified cars and will, as of next year, prepare a Designer’s Choice selection of popular Recharge models, offering the potential for radically reduced delivery times. Volvo Cars aims for plug-in hybrid cars to make up 20 per cent of total sales in 2020.

Every Volvo model in the range includes a Recharge option, from the XC40 small SUV, via the 60 series cars to the company’s flagship, the XC90 large SUV. Volvo Cars is the only car maker to offer a plug-in variant of every model in its line-up.

The XC40 Recharge and the Recharge car line are also tangible proof points of the company’s ambitious new action plan, also launched today, which represents concrete actions in line with the Paris climate agreement and supports Volvo Cars’ ambition to become a climate-neutral company by 2040. 

XC90 wins What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards​

Double success for Volvo in the What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards

The next best thing to a brand-new Volvo has to be a pre-owned one, with the XC90 SUV proving the perfect choice according to the judges of the What Car? Used Car of the Year awards. Today, the model was crowned the Best Used Luxury SUV, while the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid version took the honour as the Best Used Hybrid.

XC90 practicality, quality and value for money

The judges were enthusiastic in their praise for the Volvo XC90. Mark Pearson, Used Car Editor, said: “A long-time What Car? favourite, the XC90 scoops up our Used Luxury SUV Award, thanks not only to its outstanding practicality and top-notch interior quality, but also to its excellent value for money when bought used. Very few seven-seat cars can offer this level of comfort, space and security in such a stylish and well-equipped package.”

T8 Twin Engine’s impressive abilities

As Best Used Hybrid, the XC90 T8 Twin Engine performance and quality were the standout factors. As the judges remarked: “It’s the XC90 T8’s breadth of abilities that really impressed us. It’s a classy and spacious SUV that’s great value for money when bought used, and it can run for up to 25 miles on electric power alone.

“It’s a real performer, too, being the quickest model in the range, with a nought to 62 mph time of just 5.6 seconds. And unlike other hybrid SUVs, you don’t lose the third row of seats, making it a supremely practical seven-seater, too.”

An ideal choice

The XC90’s qualities that make it such an appealing new car purchase are equally attractive in the used car market. Cool, Scandinavian design is combined with practicality to deliver a functional, user-friendly and comfortable seven-seat interior, finished with high-quality natural materials. And, in common with current Volvo models, on-board connectivity and multimedia provisions are simple and seamless, thanks to the Sensus nine-inch touchscreen system.

The powertrain choice includes petrol, diesel mild hybrid and the acclaimed T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid system, the latter offering the greatest power – 390hp – yet also the highest efficiency, with CO2 emissions from 52g/km.

A pathfinder for Volvo’s brand transformation

Matt Galvin, Volvo Car UK Sales Director, said: “The XC90 was the first model we launched in our complete product renewal programme and it exemplifies everything we want to achieve in terms of making cars that excel in every dimension – from styling, quality and practicality, to ground-breaking use of technology for safer driving and performance. We’re proud to have received these awards which show that the qualities we’ve designed into the XC90 make just as great a proposition as pre-owned vehicle.”

The best way to buy

The best way to purchase a pre-owned Volvo is through our Volvo Selekt approved used cars. All our Selekt cars are prepared to rigorous Volvo standards, including software upgrades to ensure optimum performance. Each car older than five years is sold with a six-moth Volvo Selekt warranty (extendable to 12 months), together with cover for its next MoT test and 12 months’ Volvo roadside assistance.

Volvo extends S60 range with new plug-in hybrid powertrain and trim levels

Volvo has extended its S60 range – the third generation of the firm's premium mid-size saloon – to incorporate further powertrain choices and equipment grades, including an all­-wheel-­drive petrol­-electric hybrid and a trim level that focuses on luxury and craftmanship.

Electrifying hybrid powertrain

The existing T5 turbocharged 250hp petrol unit has been joined by an all-wheel-drive T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, combining a 303hp petrol engine with an 87hp electric motor for a total output of 390hp. Performance is suitably electrifying, with 0-62mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The T8 Twin Engine's 11.8kWh battery provides an electric-only range of up to 36 miles, with CO2 emissions from just 39g/km. Fuel economy (on the WLTP combined cycle) is up to 176.5mpg.

Like the T5, the T8 Twin Engine uses a Volvo Drive-E petrol engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Dynamic or new luxurious trim levels

The R-Design Edition launch trim has been replaced by R-Design Plus and is joined by the new Inscription Plus variant.

New Volvo S60

R-Design Plus is designed to provide a more focused driving experience, thanks to (on T5 versions) stiffer springs, faster-responding monotube dampers, thicker anti-roll bars and a 12mm lower ride height (petrol-electric hybrid R-Design Plus variants come with the standard suspension settings). Other R-Design Plus highlights include a head-up display, gearshift paddles, high-­gloss black exterior trim elements, a choice of 18-­, 19-­ or 20-inch alloy wheels, Metal Mesh aluminium interior inlays and part-leather sports seats.

Inscription Plus trim is for those who appreciate their high-end luxuries. The exterior features chrome trim along with a different design of alloy wheels, projecting exclusivity and refined Scandinavian style. Inside, fine Nappa full-leather upholstery and beautifully crafted details such as the Driftwood décor inlays reward the senses. Inscription Plus versions also benefit from cooled seats, on top of the heated seats of other S60s.

Suspension tailored to your preference

The S60 can now be fitted with adaptive dampers. This system allows you to select the firmness of the suspension to tailor the car's dynamics to the road surface or your personal preference. Known as Active Four-C Chassis, the adaptive dampers are optional on T5 R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus versions and are controlled via the S60's standard Drive Mode settings, which also alter the responses of the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brakes and climate control system.

Commenting on the S60 range expansion, Matt Galvin, Sales Director of Volvo Car UK, said:

"The S60's spring launch couldn't have gone better. The high-specification R-Design Edition variants were extremely well received by both customers and retailers. Now, with R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus, we can offer the choice of a more focused driving experience or something more luxurious – qualities that resonate strongly with private owners and business users in the premium mid-size saloon market.

"Add the petrol-electric plug-in hybrid T8 Twin Engine to the mix and we're sure the extended S60 range will make a significant contribution to Volvo Car UK's continued sales success."

Nathan and Duncan Chapman shaking hands

Local entrepreneur and great grandson joins family motoring business

Ray Chapman Motors are pleased to welcome a new member to the team on our 50th anniversary – the 20-year-old great grandson of the company’s founder.

Ray Chapman Motors Malton was founded by Raymond Chapman back in 1969. 50 years later, his great grandson, Nathan Chapman – a 20-year old entrepreneur from York – has become the fourth generation of the Chapman family to be involved in the family business.

After completing his first year reading Business Management & Entrepreneurship at Nottingham, Nathan transferred to an online university to continue his studies whilst working full time in Malton to launch his own online shopping website, Locavo, which hosted goods produced by local, independent retailers operating in the Ryedale area. Over the last year, Nathan hand-delivered almost 2,000 orders to local customers in his Locavo-branded van.

After receiving an offer to purchase Locavo, Nathan is turning his attention to the family business. He has joined the Ray Chapman Motors Malton team as a full time Product Specialist and will undergo an intensive training programme with Volvo Car UK and continue to read Business Management through a distance learning University.

Nathan Chapman commented on his new appointment:

“Having grown up around Volvo, it is such an honour to join the family business and follow in the footsteps of my father, grandfather and great grandfather. Launching Locavo and studying Business Management gave me a great initial understanding of the business world. I’m really looking forward to taking on a new challenge and meeting our loyal customers who have helped to make the Ray Chapman name so successful for so many years.”