Looking at a Chrysler Labaron 1994 that only has 13,421 miles. Could it have been easily falsified?

Asked by Jun 11, 2015 at 04:32 PM about the 1984 Chrysler Le Baron Mark Cross Convertible

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Wanting to purchase a car with very low mile for a 1994.  Worried odometer has been

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It can be falsified. You can change out the speedo or just unhook it. I guess the only way to really tell is to do a compression check. If only driven for 13k then parked, it should be pretty close to the factory specs. If they guy unhooked or replaced it and ran it for 20 years, the compression should be lower. Look at the tires, if parked for years, they should all be weather cracked. It's a tough call. Easier to fake if you live in a non winter state. Even the compression check isn't going to be 100% if work was done to the engine. Like new rings. What state is the car in? Is the seller and older guy? Why was it parked for years?

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Run a Carfax on it. See if anything unusual pops up. Check the driver's side of the car carefully. Check the pedal covers for wear or being brand new. Same deal with the carpet and floor mats. All should be original and showing very minimum wear. Check the dash board controls for wear. Knobs and buttons should be like new. Again, minimal wear. Look under the hood for original Mopar belts and hoses. Original Mopar air filter in the air cleaner box. Look for original Mopar spark plug wires and possibly even original Champion Spark Plugs. These parts will also most likely be date stamped or date coded. My '94 Fleetwood has only 77,000 original miles on it and most of the above mentioned items are still present on the car. At a mere 13,000 miles all except maybe the original spark plugs should be present. Look at the engine carefully. Pay attention to the lower parts of it. Everything should be very clean. Almost like new. There should be no build up of grease and dirt anywhere. Including the nooks and crannies of the engine or the engine compartment. HTH. -Jim

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