Tips to Avoid Odometer Fraud

Mazda Odometer

Odometer fraud means rolling back or altering odometers in any other possible way to make it seem that a car has lower mileage that it actually does. Despite strict penalties and increasing safety precautions, the incidence of odometer fraud is still high.

Unfortunately, many consumers mistakenly think that digital odometers cannot be rolled back, but the truth is that it is even easier to tamper with digital odometers.

Why odometer reading is important?

Odometer helps determine the vehicle’s condition and its actual value. The average rollback of 30,000 miles may increase vehicle’s cost by thousands of dollars.

In addition, odometer helps indicate impending repairs, as there are certain parts that should be maintained or replaced every 20,000 miles.

Who falls victims to odometer fraud?

Most common victims of odometer fraud are dealers who buy used cars from wholesalers. Then the dealers resell these cars with false odometer readings. It often happens that neither the dealer nor the buyer suspects that the odometer mileage readings have been altered.

How to reveal odometer fraud?

Below are some tips that will help you reveal odometer fraud when buying a used vehicle.

Remember that it’s illegal to tamper with odometer, to replace it, disconnect, or reset. If you have fallen victim to odometer fraud, report it to competent authorities.

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