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Vehicle odometer fraud: more common than you might think

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2014 | Consumer Protection

Imagine for a moment that, pursuant to a purchase of a good used vehicle for yourself or a family member, you made a good-faith effort to do all the requisite due diligence required to make an informed decision.

Although that can embrace a lot of variables in a given case, customarily it certainly includes making a close visual inspection of a car you like that encompasses a literal kicking of the tires. You obviously looked under the hood, or had a mechanically inclined acquaintance do so on your behalf. You looked for rust. You closely examined the interior. You pulled knobs, tried the radio, listened to the engine, took a spin and perhaps took it to an auto shop for an examination.

And then you bargained for and paid an agreed-upon price.

You probably never considered that someone might have tinkered with the mileage readout, did you?

As we note in an article on our website discussing odometer fraud, most consumers don’t think about such a possibility. In fact, and as we state in that article, most buyers “normally do not expect in this day and age that they will be victims” of fraud relating to an intentionally altered mileage display.

Unfortunately, the scam is alive and well in Pennsylvania and nationally. Reportedly, more than 190,000 used vehicles have their mileage fraudulently adjusted every year in the United States.

Could your car be among that group of select vehicles?

If you suspect that such might be the case, you can certainly take purposeful and aggressive action, which includes consultation with a proven consumer protection attorney.

There are strong state and federal consumer laws in place to protect buyers against such fraud. They include a defrauded consumer’s ability to file a civil lawsuit for damages and legal fees.

No one needs to passively accept any act of automobile-related fraud. An experienced attorney can help ensure that no client does.

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