What Is Odometer Tampering?Odometer tampering consists of any type of interference with the odometer of a vehicle causing it to improperly reflect the mileage. It can be one on both digital and standard odometers using sophisticated devices. When the odometer is tampered against the consumer or buyer of the vehicle is un-aware. They purchase the vehicle without knowing the actual mileage of the vehicle. Certain devices are used to manipulate or stop the odometer from working properly. These devices can be placed on the car for a sustained period of time and prevent movement against the odometer. Other devices use magnetic energy to actually disrupt or roll back the mileage of the vehicle. The use of such devices is prohibited by Federal Law and tampering can lead to penalties, revocation of dealers license and civil and punitive damages.
Signs of Odometer Tampering – Lawsuit Investigation Into Dealership LiabilityThere are certain signs which can indicate that your odometer has been tampered with. The following are possible indicators that the odometer of the vehicle has been tampered with.
- Discrepancies between the odometer on vehicle and what is reported on either your Carfax or Auto report. It is advisable to have a copy of these provided either by the dealer or obtained directly yourself. If the dealer fails or avoids providing this information it should be a sign that they are attempting to hide a material fact.
- Vehicle wear and tear is another indicator. Generally the tires, vehicle breaks or accelerator, dashboard, seat belts and seats that show excessive wear and tear are indicators. While these can be repaired it is not the most advisable to only look for these signs. Many dealerships can easily repair or correct these issues so that they reflect the actual odometer age. However it is advisable to keep in mind these possible issues.
- Multiple title changes in a short period of time. If your title shows excessive changes in a short period of time it can be an indicator of tampering. This is known as “title laundering” where the vehicles title is sold a number of times in a short period of time. By laundering the title it is difficult to determine who is at fault for manipulating or tampering with the title.