The instrument that is used to measure the total distance travelled by a vehicle, car, or light truck is known as the odometer. Odometer readings are tampered with by fraudulent sellers and thieves far more often than consumers realize. Sadly, checking whether or not an odometer reading has been falsely modified can’t be determined simply through reading the meter or test driving the vehicle. The only method to determine an odometer’s accuracy is to check history of the records over time to look for inconsistencies. An accurate record of historical odometer readings over time provides insight into the history of a vehicle that cannot be otherwise determined through typical methods.
Odometer reading can uncover numerous insights into the history and service record of a car. All vehicles experience wear & tear and require new parts, oil changes, and other maintenance that relies on mileage travelled and the odometer readings. Ordering a vehicle history report highlights past odometer that will inform your ability to buy a vehicle with accurate mileage that’s been maintained properly. The most common problems that arise from ignoring odometer readings are discussed below.
Odometer rollback is a common problem that’s plagued the automotive industry for decades. Like many vehicle components, the odometer can be modified to defraud prospective used car buyers. Rollback started when the odometer was a mechanical device, allowing many to simply ‘rollback’ the reading and reduce the number of miles recorded (increasing the value of the vehicle). Odometers switched over to digital in the early 2000s, which made them more difficult to defraud but still not impossible. While changing the mileage could no longer be done through simple ‘rollback,’ advanced methods like changing the circuit board and using specialized software are still utilized.
All buyers can benefit by staying informed of the vital importance of odometer fraud and know how to detect rollback. The total distance travelled by a vehicle can help approximate how much more the engine will last, how much service is needed, and its overall value. It’s far cheaper to check the value of a vehicle than not know an accurate odometer reading and risk fraud or unexpected maintenance.
It’s possible to track mileage via a physical odometer and control module that doesn’t affect the number displayed on the dashboard. In some cases, the control module will still record accurate information while the dashboard reading has been altered. Checking the control module against the dashboard reading can highlight inconsistencies than indicate that the odometer has been modified.
Buying an EpicVIN vehicle history report provides historical odometer readings in order to protect against fraud, lower value, and unexpected future costs. A typical EpicVIN vehicle history report includes many odometer reading records and can even reveal odometer rollback via the alert: “ ATTENTION Mileage data inaccurate (possible rollback)”. Don't become a victim of odometer fraud and utilize our vehicle history report today.