Huyton man sentenced for clocking vehicles by almost 2 million miles

Published on: Friday, 17-April-2015

A Huyton man has today (17 April) been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for offences relating to car clocking.

Philip Rogan, aged 24 years, from Phoenix Drive, Huyton pleaded guilty to 5 offences of fraud contrary to section 1(1) and 2(1) of the Fraud Act 2006.  The offences were committed between 2 March 2012 and 6 July 2012.  He also admitted a further 16 offences during the same period, which have been taken into consideration at today’s sentencing.

Cars were purchased from a number of auction houses across the North West.  Immediately following the purchase, Mr Rogan arranged for the vehicles to be MOT tested and the mileage recorded on the MOT certificate was less than the mileage prior to the test.  The vehicles were then advertised with the false mileage on a variety of websites.  False service records were also provided for a number of vehicles.

An investigation was launched by Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team following complaints received from two people who had purchased vehicles from Mr Rogan and subsequently found they had been ‘clocked’. An investigation into vehicles sold by Mr Rogan found that almost 2 million miles had been removed from a number of vehicles sold by him.

A Knowsley Council spokesperson said “Today’s sentencing is the result of a robust investigation by our Trading Standards team who collected comprehensive evidence to secure this conviction.  Today’s sentencing shows that such fraudulent activity will not be tolerated and robust action will be taken.”

Trading Standards officers are advising residents to make sure they carry out a vehicle history check on the vehicle before paying a deposit, and look out for the following tell-tale signs that a car may have been clocked:

  • Check the current and previous MOT Certificates for any gaps in the recorded mileage or sudden increases or decreases in the mileage. If no MOT certificates are available you can check online at www.gov.uk searching for “check MOT history”
  • Check the vehicle service history if available – the mileage should be given at each service recorded
  • Check the condition of the vehicle – things like worn seats, steering wheels, pedals and switches can be an indication that the vehicle has covered a high mileage.
  • Take the vehicle for a thorough test drive – and if possible drive more than one example of the same car. Listen out for any odd rattles, clunks or noises that may indicate higher than average wear and tear on mechanical parts.

Further advice can be obtained from www.adviceguide.org.uk or by calling 03454 04 05 06.