Odometer Fraud

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450,000. That’s how many cars and trucks Americans buy each year. And each year auto dealers use odometer fraud to cheat consumers out of $1 billion. Mileage rollback is common. Odometer fraud generates huge profits for auto dealers and leaves the consumer with a worthless car and big repair bills. Today’s new digital odometers have done little to nothing to stop it. On board car computers and clusters can be hacked. A vehicle’s odometer system is easy pickings, but the paper trail required by state and federal vehicle title recording laws can disclose odometer fraud. And with very little enforcement of these violations it is up to the consumer buyer to exercise their consumer rights for this type of auto fraud. We help people recover their money and cancel the lender financing.

Odometer fraud can happen on a new car purchase or used car purchase. Odometer fraud can be straight forward such as rolling back the mileage, or it can be a slight of hand on out of state paperwork.  It can happen by an upstream seller. It can include an inoperable or replaced odometer without the proper certification. Odometer fraud can make your vehicle almost worthless.

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Proving odometer fraud can be difficult. Odometer law states that not only must a buyer prove the mileage is incorrect and that it was not disclosed, but the buyer must also prove the seller had the intent to defraud the buyer and knew, or should have known from experience or circumstances, that the mileage was incorrect. A Carfax or Autocheck report may disclose an odometer “discrepancy” from one reported event to the next (such as repairs, emission inspections, or title transfers), or they may not (see our Autocheck & Carfax page). Or you can get a report from the vendors at NMVTIS. Autocheck and Carfax also have reports, and even though they are often out of date for wreck damage they are usually current for mileage and prior title transfers. On average a consumer will drive approximately 12,000 miles according to industry standards.

A buyer can go after the dealer that sold the vehicle and also the upstream person who participated in the odometer fraud. Federal odometer disclosure law damages can be $10,000 or triple the buyer’s actual damages, whichever is higher. and the offending parties have to pay the buyer’s attorney fees. Georgia odometer law is similar to the federal odometer law and can add another $1,500 to the buyer’s odometer claim.

The NMVTIS report is put out by the government and is cheaper than a Carfax or Autocheckreport. You are not limited to just pulling data from Georgia, this system will pull all states and follow the title transfers. The NMVTIS report will not have as much information about wreck damage and prior sell data that a Carfax or Autocheck should have.