How can I tell if an odometer has been tampered with?
- Be cautious when inspecting a vehicle. Check for signs of wear and tear on seat belts, steering wheel, carpets etc and be suspicious if the vehicles odometer reading seems low.
- Ask to view the car's service log books and pay close attention to the kilometer records at the time it was bought, sold and serviced.
- Contact the previous owner/s or service centres (if known) for more information.
- Purchase a CarFacts history report for further confirmation.
The rolling back or replacement of an odometer can be difficult to spot. It could mean a big decrease in resale value for the unsuspecting buyer when discovered.
It falsely inflates a car's value, so a buyer pays more than they would if they knew the true kilometer reading. When an odometer rollback is found, the buyer may face a significant financial loss as the vehicle will have lost value and could potentially have higher service and repair costs than first thought.
Car's with a rolled back odometer can be difficult to resell.