Tips for Detecting Odometer Fraud When Buying a Used Car

Shopping for used cars? Now is a great time to shop, because the quality of used cars has never been better. However, you still need to be wary of unsavory business practices – one of the most well-known of which is odometer fraud.

What is Odometer Fraud?

Every vehicle has an odometer. On late-model cars, these Chevy parts are analog, but in today’s cars, they’re exclusively digital. Odometer fraud comes in a few different forms, but generally speaking it refers to the act of “rolling back” or “turning back” the odometer to deceive a buyer into thinking the car has less miles.

Tips for Detecting Odometer Fraud

Review the Vehicle’s Service Records

A used car’s service records provide a written history of how well it has been maintained over the years – ideally, by factory-trained Chevy service providers. Service records are also useful because they should provide the car’s odometer reading at the time of service. For any used car you’re interested in, compare the service records to the car’s odometer reading. If the service records indicate the vehicle has had extensive maintenance and new parts, but the odometer only reads something like 35,000 miles, you have reason to be suspicious.

Look for Wear and Tear Inside and Out

Whether you’re buying a used car from LaFontaine Chevrolet Dexter or a private seller, wear and tear is a good indicator of age and mileage. If a car looks like it’s been driven a lot and has accrued a few new coats of paint, check to see that the odometer is in line with this level of heavy, years-long usage.

Do a Title Check

A vehicle’s title provides insight into its history. Throughout a car’s lifetime, its title will be updated according to its condition. The title typically includes the year, make, and model of the car, along with the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the odometer reading at the time of each update.

Shop Our Used Cars Today

Even though used car quality has never been better, it always pays to buy from a reputable dealership like ours. This way, you benefit from full transparency and decades of proven integrity. Shop our used cars today, check out our used vehicle specials, and drive home happy.