Odometer fraud is an illegal practice of rolling back an odometer to make it appear that a vehicle has lower mileage than it really does, or replacing an odometer without providing a notice with the intention to overstate its actual price. Historically, it has been considered an important problem and one of the most common types of fraud, not only for American consumers, but for vehicle sales worldwide.
Regarding the existing problem, nowadays, everyone must fill out an Odometer Disclosure Statement. It’s a special form issued by the State DMV during ownership transfer to deliver a vehicle’s mileage and overall condition. This document is a required attachment to the Vehicle Bill of Sale at the time of purchase and is aimed to protect used car consumers. Both odometer altering and tampering are prohibited by the law and if a person gives false mileage information in the Odometer Disclosure Statement, it can result in high fines or even imprisonment.
Even though Odometer Disclosure Statement forms vary from state to state, they generally provide similar data like both seller and buyer information, some basic vehicle specifications, and the most important – a current odometer reading. According to government requirements, an odometer must be accurate and represent the actual mileage of a vehicle, otherwise, the seller must indicate odometer discrepancy. Basically, there are 4 ways to define the validity of the odometer figures:
It means that a reported odometer reading is true and accurate.
· Not Actual
Such odometer reading is imprecise due to mechanical error or tampering.
· Exceeds Mechanical Limitations
Since older vehicles may have a physical or mechanical limitation on how high their odometer can go, it may not be required to report an actual reading of such vehicles.
According to some state laws, the owners might not be required to report odometer reading on vehicles of some specified type, age, or damage.
The Odometer Disclosure Statement enables state DMVs to obtain relevant data about each sold vehicle and counteract fraudulent sales. ClearVin is an authorized NMVTIS data provider, the most reliable data source based on the federal legal requirements, which consolidates data directly from the DMVs all over the country. Therefore, the odometer reading in our vehicle history reports is always accurate and solid, moreover, it contains a separate record in case of an odometer replacement. Get the odometer reading and much more about the history of your car with the ClearVin vehicle history report!