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#149 of 169 Re: My odometer was rolled back by 144,865 miles! [moneymoo]
Oct 29, 2009 (8:45 am)
It depends upon the state you live in, but typically you would contact the DMV or the Secretary of State's office and inform them of the fraud.
#150 of 169 Re: My odometer was rolled back by 144,865 miles! [moneymoo]
Oct 29, 2009 (8:47 am)
Does a 1996 Camry even have a six digit odometer? Ford still used five digit Odos back then I can't remember if Toyota did too.
#151 of 169 Re: My odometer was rolled back by 144,865 miles! [british_rover]
Oct 29, 2009 (9:21 am)
I'd imagine it does. My '85 Nissan does, as does my '93 mazda.
#152 of 169 Re: My odometer was rolled back by 144,865 miles! [qbrozen]
Oct 29, 2009 (9:22 am)
Yeah it probably did too. I worked on plenty of Toyotas from that time and earlier and I think all of them had 6 digit odos. I couldn't remember for sure.
I don't Ford expected their cars to last that long yet.
#153 of 169 Possible odometer fraud in new car?
Jul 28, 2010 (12:09 pm)
My parents bought a new 2010 Camry from a dealership a few months ago. It's been problematic ever since then, and they've been wondering if they were perhaps sold an unwind vehicle, demo, or otherwise kind-of-used car as "new." The final prep service report for the car when it presumably first came to the dealership shows mileage in/out as 6/16. But a week later, the car odometer was at 3 when my parents bought and picked it up, and it was reported as 3 for titling purposes. It's not a big difference, but we're worried that if there's any difference at all, who knows how big a difference it could have been before?
Does it sound like there might be something fishy going on here, or is it just typos? I already ran a title check on the car VIN, and it does not show any other titles before my parents'. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#154 of 169 Re: Possible odometer fraud in new car? [seewhiz]
Jul 28, 2010 (2:08 pm)
probably just a mistake on their end. they probably write 6/16 for all their cars, for instance.
#155 of 169 Re: Possible odometer fraud in new car? [seewhiz]
Jul 28, 2010 (7:43 pm)
No fraud here,just a mistake maybe. And would be very risky for a toyota or any new car dealer to do that. And that too only 5 or 6 miles. No way.. I can guarantee that there is no fraud here. Most of the odo frauds are at the low end used car dealers and with BHPH lots. A new car dealer will never do it,or almost never will do it.
#156 of 169 seewhiz
Jul 29, 2010 (8:07 pm)
You've been watching 2 many goofy conspiracy movies.The liability for a dealer is huge on OD rollbacks.Why in heavens name would he risk it on a brand new car?
He would have to have the IQ of a cretin
Aug 02, 2010 (7:31 pm)
I recall in the mid-90s Ford had problems with their new 6-digit odometers. I recall seeing many 94-96 Escorts and 94-95 Tauruses for sale back in the day with astonishingly low mileage and a door sticker with something more reasonable to add on. Fred Ricart's various used lots in Columbus had tons of them and I bet few of them were accurate.
Same goes for 80s-early 90s VW products. The speedometer would still work, and the odometer would turn a couple of miles a day, but that was it. i had a '85 Scirocco once that did that. It already showed 185K and it would turn a few miles on the first drive of the day and then wouldn't turn again until the next day. I probably put 100-150 miles a day on that car for the few weeks I had it and it maybe registered 30-40 miles in that time. I never could figure up gas mileage but at the time gas was $1.20 a gallon so I didn't care but it sure could go for nearly a week of pizza delivery on one tankful.
I have no problem buying TMU. But I would PREFER to see high mileage. For example, I'm considering buying a 2003 Grand Prix from a CL ad where the guy claims it has 231,000 miles on it. Why would I subject myself to that? It's a 2003 model car that doesn't look all beat up, air is cold, everything works but the back power windows, and it's only $1500! That's a down payment on any other 2003 sedan out there. If it was TMU it wouldn't be any cheaper and I wouldn't be as interested. I want to see those miles pile up!
If you're afraid of high miles on a used car, then buy a new car. I'd rather buy a five year old car with 200,000 miles on it than a five year old car with 50,000 miles on it. The 200K car is going to be dirt cheap, it had to have been maintained somewhat frequently to last that long, and it's going to have plenty more life in it. The 50K car is going to be expensive and probably over book for the low miles, and it may not have been well serviced. If you don't drive the car, you're not going to think about maintaining it on a regular basis. It gathers dust in the garage until it is needed and then it's put away without a second thought. It gets serviced maybe once a year. Yeah, I'm all for a 12 month, 10,000 mile oil change interval on a car that sits more than it gets driven. NOT!
Aug 02, 2010 (7:43 pm)
Just wanted to say thanks to the people who responded. Didn't want to think it could happen, and this puts my mind more at ease (if not my parents'. They're always up for a good conspiracy.)