Odometer malfunction

Asked by GuruG5WRS Aug 15, 2020 at 10:03 PM

Question type: General

What happens when a used car dealer sells a used
car that is over 10 years old and the mileage is
marked as exempt, signed by buyer, and the buyer
later finds out that the odometer has been changed
Because it is broken?

2 Answers

I would report it to your states DMV office. This is probably a serious crime that they would like to know about.

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Under Federal Law mileage must be reported on any car, truck etc. Many States CHOOSE to exempt vehicles that are 10 or more model years old. Look for a sticker on the driver's side doorjamb stating that the odometer was replaced. The date of the replacement, old odometer reading, and new odometer reading are on the sticker. That's perfectly legal. It's also legal to set the replacement odometer to the exact mileage of the old odometer at the time of replacement. In that case no sticker is required. If the correct mileage of the vehicle can't be determined TMU (True Mileage Unknown) must be put on the title or bill of sale at the time of sale. Unless you can prove what has happened with the alleged odometer fraud I'd suggest just make sure when you sell the vehicle you do the right thing and indicate TMU on the title and make it clear to the buyer before the sale as well. Hope that helps! Jim

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