When a vehicle is transferred, the new owner must give you a written odometer statement disclosing the car’s true mileage at the time of transfer. Occasionally, a dealer or an individual will alter the mileage on a car’s odometer to deceive a consumer. This act is known as an odometer rollback.
The best way to avoid odometer fraud is go through the chain of title and check to see if the mileage conforms to the mileage on the car. Other ways to check for odometer fraud is by:
- Excessive tire wear for the car’s year or disclosed mileage
- Scratches in the odometer area
- Odometer numbers don’t line up evenly
- Look for oil change stickers that may have mileage information
Under the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act, otherwise known as the Odometer Act, the following actions are forbidden:
- Advertise for sale, sell, use, install, or have installed, a device that makes an odometer register a mileage different from the mileage the vehicle has driven
- Disconnect, reset, alter, or have disconnected, reset, or altered, an odometer intending to change the mileage registered by the odometer
- Conspire with others to violate the odometer law
If you are a victim of odometer fraud you may be entitled to three times the damage you suffered plus attorney’s fees.
Odometer fraud can cost you thousands of dollars in frustrating breakdowns and repairs. If you would like a lawyer to check the chain of title for odometer fraud, an experienced products and services lawyer can do the search for you. A lawyer can also help you obtain damages if you believe you were the victim of a fraudulent odometer rollback. If you have been accused of odometer fraud, a lawyer can help defend you.