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How to prevent odometer fraud in Europe

How to prevent odometer fraud in Europe

Posted On 16 Jan, 2019

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This is a tricky topic, but fortunately, there are many ways to prevent odometer fraud in Europe. While some questions are raised, most of them have a simple answer.

  • What is odometer fraud? This is also known as “clocking”. It is the act of rolling back the odometer of the car to make it appear as if it has fewer miles than actual. Yes, that’s illegal, and it also answers the question "Can the mileage be changed on a car?"
  • So can you rollback a digital odometer? While this is an advanced type of odometers, there’s still a way around it. Typically, this is achieved by dismounting the circuit board of the car.
  • How can you tell if an odometer has been tampered with? This is, in fact, the main reason why this article was created. There are ways to fight mileage fraud on used cars, and we will list a few steps that you can take to not be duped.

Before we start with our tips, we want to highlight the fact that the European Parliament has taken odometer fraud seriously. It has been estimated that tampering with the mileage of a car can lead to about £2000 to £5000 of a price difference.

Here are our pointers on how to battle this type of fraud when you shop for a used car.

  • Ask for the official title of the car – make sure all the paperwork is excellent and that the mileage is clearly written without any apparent signs of corrections.
  • Make calculations – on average, a car travels about 11, 000 – 13, 000 miles per year. This means that a 7-year old vehicle cannot possibly have fewer than 90, 000 miles.
  • Check if the dashboard is intact – it is essential that all the screws and bolts of the dashboard are there. If any are missing, this is a sign that some tampering might have happened.
  • The condition of the brake pedal – this part of the car is not going to be heavily worn out if the mileage is truly low.
  • Oil change paperwork – you can judge the mileage of the car by its oil changes. Ask for receipts for maintenance and check for inspection stickers.

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