In short, the only way of telling whether a car has genuine mileage is a full service history. While you may think that it would be harder to “clock” modern cars, the truth is that ll it takes is a laptop, some connections and the right software. In short, modern instrument clusters are easier to manipulate than older ones.
websites such as vehiclecheck.co.uk and cartell.ie are also useful for establishing the last recorded mileage. They are databases that record mileage when a car undergoes a MOT’ in the UK or an NCT in Ireland. They are also useful for establishing whether your car has ever had an accident where an insurance company paid out a claim.
So if you are looking to buy a second hand car, insist on a full service history or negotiate a deal that reflects the fact that the car may be clocked.