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Sad to say, there are many used car sellers who tamper the odometer of the vehicle as
a way to change the supposed correct reading of mileage. With that, odometer fraud is
regarded as one of the prevalent rip-offs in the auto industry. In fact, even the arrival of
modern digital odometers cannot prevent this kind of problem. It is because industry
experts think that digital odometers are much easier to be altered compared to analog
odometers. If a certain car has an odometer fraud, then approximately 50,000 miles is
erased from its system.
But, do not let this deception stop you from buying a used car, if that is what you really
want. Below are the steps to help you avoid odometer fraud when looking for your next
On an average, a car runs about 12,000 miles in a year. So for example, if a car
is four years old, it has run somewhere around 48,000 miles. If this is the case,
the odometer instrument were damaged some time during this four years. Make
sure to check the total number of miles that are shown on the device.
Another step to avoid odometer fraud is to ask the seller to produce the original
title of the vehicle upfront. If the notice that title looks new and it is from a
different city, it is likely a case of auto title scam. Also, closely examine the total
number of mileage in the title and look for any signs of smudging or tampering in
connection with such device.
Ask the used car seller to provide the important documents and information like
the maintenance receipt, inspection sticker, VIN check, get a vehicle history
report, among others. When it comes to inspection stickers and mileage receipts,
do a comparison with the odometer reading. You also need to find out if an oil
change was done in the used car.
A simple step is to look for a loose screw on the car dashboard. If you see that
dashboard is not set up correctly, it is wise to think that the odometer instrument
has been altered at least once during its life.
A simple inspection of floor mat and brake pedal of the car can tell you signs of
odometer fraud. Beware if they look to have been replaced just recently.
And, if you think you cannot handle the job properly, you can always hire an
expert mechanical to inspect the condition of the used vehicle. An efficient auto
mechanic has the skill and experience to discover any problems with the car,
whether visible or concealed.