Digital Odometers Cost Consumers More Than a Billion Dollars per Year
According to a recent article by Chris Woodyard in USA Today, used car fraud scams associated with recalibrating digital odometers are proliferating at an alarming rate. The National Highway Safety Administration has come out with several key studies to support this trend and suggest that nearly half-a-million consumers every year get duped. Scammers often get software and other technical components off the web to reset their digital odometers to make it appear as if vehicles have lower mileage than they actually do.
Fortunately, there are services that used car buyers can use to avoid being defrauded in this way. You can check a car's service record at www.carfax.com or check out oil-change stickers prior to buying a car. Finally, you can have a professional mechanic inspect a vehicle before you purchase it.
In addition, cities have been implementing measures to protect consumers. In Kansas City, Missouri, a high-profile auto sales person recently got busted perpetrating an odometer fraud scam in a highly publicized case. In Philadelphia, a triumvirate of auto wholesalers were recently sentenced for similar misdoings. In Dallas, Texas, another dealer was recently sentenced in U.S. District Court for similar abuses.
If you've been scammed or otherwise financially harmed by odometer fraud or another consumer scam, turn to a California used car fraud attorney at the law offices of Howard Silver. We can help you hold the scammers responsible for costs you've incurred, and we provide free, zero obligation evaluations of all cases. To fight back against dealer dishonesty, browse our website or call our toll-free hotline (855) 341-2611 today for more information.