The possibility of reversing/modifying the odometer reading on a car/motor vehicle?


Asked by pedroallion Apr 03, 2013 at 11:03 AM about the Toyota Corolla

Question type: General

The 2007 Allion that I purchased recently showed 20,300Km. on the clock, but I have reason to disbelieve that reading. The air cleaner element was changed at the point of purchase; then after doing the first servicing at my mechanic it was found out that the front disc break pads needed changing, then the spark plugs had to be changed -they were badly "burnt/used"; then the slightly unsteady throttling & slight pull of the engine at slow speeds; the driver's foot mat had a hole in part of it indicatnig a well-worn mat. Apart from those observations the car is Ok - it drives well (it's fast) & gives good mileage (about 14Km to 15Km/l.) What's your take on the issue -re the reversing or modification of the odometer reading?

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It should be sealed with a tamper-evident seal on there- do a VIN search to see what the real mileage should be-

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CARFAX knows every little thing including whether on not scheduled maintenance was performed, how many owners...turns out my MINI with 33,000 miles on it had NINE owners including a rental this information can cast light on this vehicle~

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dah yeah, that timing belt you replaced yourself?...need I go on?

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If they were committed with the new car contract, they're kinda obligated to say what shenseki tells them to do, 'cause it's in the book, on the schedule, and they'll send you reminders in the mail, and even call you, so in addition to the newer cars bein' a crabass, sayin' it's time for a huile-change or belts or hoses, persons who buy NEW are subjecting themselves from the robot and dealer too~

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The Judge has an excellent suggestion in his first post: the mileage is recorded other devices in the car besides the odometer on the dash, matter of fact his second answer is very very good, Carfax, if you bought it from a dealer go back and demand one, and free. If it was a private party, it will cost you $30..and one more thing

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have your VIN# ready and register an account at: is specific to you car and has information that even a Carfax may not. but both would be good as carfax might not show something that the Toyota owners page does

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you can do the VIN search or have your insurance company do it

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Look closely at the tires. Tires usually last between 30,000 and 50,000 miles (50,000 to 80,000 km). If you look at the tire sidewall, you can find a DOT mark that confirms that the tire meets the US Department of Transportation tire safety standards. The last four numbers of the DOT mark show the week and year the tire was produced. See the photo. This tire in the photo was produced in the 34-th week of 2008, which is August, 2008. Checking the tire production date will give you an idea whether the car still has original tires

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That's only 2,000 miles a year. 2007 to 2013 and just over 12, 000 miles, you have every reason to be suspicious with that alone plus what you describe there Pedro

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