One of the common motor vehicle fraud committed by dealers is the odometer rollback fraud. You will find them rolling back the odometer readings to increase the value of the vehicle. They make the vehicle seem like it has a lower mileage than what the actual reading of the odometer was.
Rolling back of odometer is illegal under the U.S. state laws. If you are a victim of odometer rollback fraud, you have a right to sue the dealer and get compensation. A motor vehicle attorney can help you file a case in court against the dealer or private party who sold you a car with a rolled back odometer. However, used car buyers are advised to avoid the situation entirely rather than waiting to file a civil complaint in court.
It is very easy to protect yourself from odometer rollback fraud. The tips below will help you minimize the risks of becoming a victim of vehicles with rolled back odometer:
- You will need to check with your local DMV office to see whether they have any information on their record about the vehicle you want to purchase.
- Another step that contributes towards avoiding vehicles with a rolled back odometer is to obtain a VIN report. This report describes the history of the vehicle from the time it left the factory to the present.
- It is also highly recommended to have the vehicle inspected by a certified mechanic. Always choose an independent mechanic whom you trust. If the dealer refuses to have the vehicle inspected, don’t buy that vehicle.
- Make sure you have scrutinized all the documents you received from the seller. For instance, check to verify whether the seller has indicated the correct vehicle mileage on the bill of sale. Also, confirm whether the VIN on the vehicle matches the one entered on the title.
If you need assistance with matters of car fraud, contact your local DMV office or the office of the attorney general in your county.