2003 Ford Escort - Bought a used odometer w/153000 miles on it and my car has 93000 - how do I turn back odometer?

Asked by Oct 13, 2012 at 07:30 AM about the 2003 Ford Escort ZX2

Question type: General

8 Answers

9,195

DON'T DON'T DON'T, you personally can't, you can and have to send it to a company that will reset it for you...clocking cars as it has always been called is a federal offense sadly...it will take them about a week or 2 (pending your mail choice) all that time you sit and your car is not used....

Actually its a garage that installed the used odometer. Was surprised to see the different mileage and not happy about it. Looked up michigan laws and it says: Section 4-6 REPLACING OR REPAIRING AN ODOMETER 4-6.1 Actual Odometer Reading Known. If the odometer is being repaired or replaced and the actual reading is known, the new or repaired odometer may be adjusted to register the actual mileage. No door frame sticker is required in this instance (see Section 4-7). Wondering what my options are here.

9,195

yes, may be adjusted: there is a company specializing in "reprogramming" them, individuals or private shops are not allowed to, (probably why they didn't for you), but again you have to mail it to them, with the info they request and they mail it back, you pop it in and good to go, personally i would not use a shop that half assed it. (no offense, just been in the industry too long)

Understood. Situation is used odometer is already installed with the + mileage and I never thought to ask aqbout the reading. Now I'm trying to figure out what my options are - car is still @ garage and not sure if they're handing me a line about not being able to touch the odometer reading.

They are giving you a crock. I don't know if they don't know how or don't know the law and are just covering their backside for 'safety' But there are indeed strict laws about this, with complicated qualifications allowing re-set.

I forgot...Michigan law is one thing but there are Federal laws that need to be addressed

Motor Vehicle Cost Information Act, 49 U.S.C. Section 32704 (It shall be unlawful for a person) "with intent to defraud, operate a motor vehicle on a street, road, or highway if the person knows that the odometer of the vehicle is disconnected or not operating; or The owner of the vehicle or agent of the owner shall attach a written notice to the left doorframe of the vehicle specifying the mileage before the service, repair, or replacement and the date of the service, repair, or replacement. A person transferring ownership of a motor vehicle shall give the transferee the following written disclosure Disclosure of the cumulative mileage registered on the odometer, Disclosure that the actual mileage is unknown if the transferor knows that the odometer reading is different from different from the number of miles the vehicle has actually traveled.

Pasted from: http://www.rolledbackodometer.com/federal-odometer-law.html

Your Answer

Escort

Looking for a Used Escort in your area?

CarGurus has 240 nationwide Escort listings and the tools to find you a great deal.

ZIP:

Ford Escort Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,080
  • #2
    dandyoun
    Reputation
    880
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    440
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Focus
652 Great Deals out of 69,842 listings starting at $1,750
Used Ford Escape
1,238 Great Deals out of 106,987 listings starting at $700
Used Ford Taurus
194 Great Deals out of 16,180 listings starting at $1,900
Used Ford Mustang
340 Great Deals out of 42,824 listings starting at $1,488
Used Toyota Corolla
926 Great Deals out of 70,852 listings starting at $1,479
Used Honda Civic
641 Great Deals out of 54,519 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Explorer
1,154 Great Deals out of 68,497 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Fiesta
131 Great Deals out of 16,659 listings starting at $2,400
Used Honda Accord
858 Great Deals out of 88,772 listings starting at $1,444
Used Ford F-150
3,154 Great Deals out of 231,769 listings starting at $1,300
Used Toyota Camry
1,111 Great Deals out of 78,194 listings starting at $1,100
Used Ford Ranger
120 Great Deals out of 5,051 listings starting at $1,500

Used Cars For Sale

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.