Essential knowledge about odometers to protect you from odometer fraud

Posted June 27, 2022 by allenstewartpc

The often-repeated complaint regarding used vehicles is that 'the dealer sold me a car with odometer rollback.Odometer tampering is the most common type of automobile fraud in the United States, so you must know about odometers.
The automobile's odometer displays the vehicle's distance traveled. It could be mechanical, electrical, or a hybrid of both. A trip meter is included as part of the odometer. A trip meter shows how far an automobile has traveled in a given amount of time. These are largely electronic in current automobiles.

The following are some odometer facts that you should be aware of.

What is an odometer?

The odometer is a device in your automobile that displays the miles you've driven. This is crucial information to determine when to get your oil changed or present to potential purchasers.

What are the terms to know in odometers?

The odometer reading is not the actual mileage. The phrase "actual mileage" denotes that the mileage is correct. "Not actual mileage" indicates that the odometer is malfunctioning, has been replaced, or the owner is unaware of the correct mileage. Finally, "exceeds mileage limits" means the odometer has reached the counting limit and has reset to 1.

What is odometer tampering?

One of the most common complaints we hear from car owners is that 'the dealer sold me a car with odometer rollback. 'Odometer rollback, also known as tampering, is a sort of fraud in which a potential buyer is provided a false number of miles to sell the car for a greater price.

How do you recognize if the odometer was tampered with?

Examining the vehicle's service history is one of the simplest ways to determine if the odometer has been tampered with. The mileage should have been recorded each time the car was brought to the mechanic. This covers oil changes and any other services performed on the car over its lifespan. Another sign of odometer tampering is the presence of switches on the dashboard that don't appear to belong there.

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The attorneys at Allen Stewart assist clients in matters of automotive fraud, such as odometer fraud and lemon laws. The lawyers can assist you in getting compensation if you suspect odometer tampering or if you feel that odometer reading is not the actual mileage. Regardless of the scenario or the potential of a case, they offer a free consultation.


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Issued By Allen Stewart, P.C. Law Firm
Phone 866-440-2460
Business Address 1700 Pacific Avenue Suite 2750, Dallas
Texas 75201
Country United States
Categories Business , Law , Legal
Tags odometer tampering
Last Updated June 27, 2022