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If you have a toad does the indicated mileage increase when you are towing it?

I ask because I was looking at one on eBay and it had really very low mileage.. I wasn't aiming to get it as a toad but as a run about and worried that the mileage would be misrepresented because actually it had done another 100k without the engine running..
 

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I don't think so. I think mileage is only recorded when the engine is running.
 
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I don't think so. I think mileage is only recorded when the engine is running.

That's what I suspected.. presumably though the wear and tear on the running gear is at least as bad when being towed as when driving g under its own steam.. possibly harder depending on the driver.

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On older rear wheel drive cars the speedo drive is an integral part located in the rear of the gearbox (in the extension) and would operate irrespective of the engine running.
 

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Unlikely it will have gone far even as a tow car. Maybe a couple of thousand. I wouldn't let this worry me if I were you. If the wheel bearings are nice and quiet (the only thing working when it's being towed) then it's probably OK.

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Unlikely it will have gone far even as a tow car. Maybe a couple of thousand. I wouldn't let this worry me if I were you. If the wheel bearings are nice and quiet (the only thing working when it's being towed) then it's probably OK.

Thanks.. I was thinking also the suspension will be working quite hard, especially as the driver can't feel if it gets a a wobble on.. and of course tyres.. oh and lights and brakes... what about steering...
 

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If you have a toad does the indicated mileage increase when you are towing it?

"No"............. Modern car`s have electric Speedo`s and not the cable variety...(y)

Unlikely to get a wobble on, Tyres (Front) do seem to wear a little more but not a great amount, Light`s minimal, brakes minimal, Don`t forget it will be running with little weight in the car..

Steering although our Toyota Aygo has power steering when the engine is running, it has not made any difference to track rod arm`s or the like..
 
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As has been said above it depends on car model, some do register and some don't .... our Ford Ka does not.

My thoughts are that generally it is the steering, tyres and wheel bearings that take most of the wear, but so long as these items are checked out regularly, as they are in the MoT,there is nothing to worry about.

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What sort of car are you looking at?

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If I connect my seicento to the obd2 I get a different reading on the computer to that on the odometer.
I assume the difference is the miles towed.????
 

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On older rear wheel drive cars the speedo drive is an integral part located in the rear of the gearbox (in the extension) and would operate irrespective of the engine running.
That is true of front wheel drive cars too, but on MOST newer cars with electronic speedo's, they only register when the ignition is switched on ( FWD or RWD).
 
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The advert should actually state that the mileage is " not correct" & that it is likely to be 000's under. Anything else & the seller would have a problem if someone purchased it & then found that the true reading was higher.

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If I connect my seicento to the obd2 I get a different reading on the computer to that on the odometer.
I assume the difference is the miles towed.????
If you can get mileage of the ECU then its electronic and should show the same as the odometer.... Unless ithe odometer been tampered with.

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Mileage is very easy to check if you have the mot certificate serial number and testing station number.

VOSA's mot check website has the last 7 years (could be more now) history of pass, fail and recorded mileage
 
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Our toad is also used as a runabout (By far our cheapest car to run ) so the vast majority of its mileage is recorded. I suppose if you had a toad that was only used as a toad then it could be very significant. In France last year the toad did about 2k driven and 3k towed.
 

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