How do I prove that an odometer has not been altered?
October 17, 2007 6:54 AM Subscribe
How do I prove that an odometer has not been tampered with?
posted by TauLepton to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total)
We'd like to sell my husband's 300ZX TT. We paid for a Carfax report and it has the wrong odometer reading - by exactly 100k. After some research, it turns out that two years ago, when we took the car for the state (CO) emissions testing, the testing facility (or the state grunt who inputted the info) added a '1' to the front of the odometer reading.
When we contacted Carfax to fix the problem, they said that it would be automatically updated via the state's system at the next emissions testing. Guess what? Colorado no longer requires testing & there is no way to update a number that does not exist.
Carfax refuses to update the record without proof of the odometer reading at the time of the emissions testing or some other official verification of the numbers.
We had a buyer who said he'd purchase the car if we could have the odometer reading verified. However, his insurance checks the Carfax records and we'd need to get this fixed first.
Short of creating a pre-dated invoice via Photoshop with the correct numbers, how would we be able to prove that the odometer has not been rolled back? Wouldn't there be some sort of evidence that could be found if it had been tampered with? Should a reputable mechanic be able to do this?
Any advise is greatly appreciated.