When buying a second hand car you may have doubts as to whether the mileage is genuine. On average, most cars do about ten thousand miles per annum. If you have a ten year old car (not classic) and the owner is claiming that it has only done five thousand, alarm bells may start to ring. As part of a HPI check, which I would strongly advise everyone does with a second hand car, you can also pay to have a mileage check carried out. This will detail the mileage on MOT’s plus any declared mileage on a log book to show the history.
Physically there are also things that you can check for to confirm the mileage. If the interior quite scruffy or splits in the seats you can safely assume that it has been used a fair bit. This is also true for wear on the steering wheel and gear stick as these can be tell tale signs of higher mileage.