Odometer Rollback Fraud Rights

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Odometer Rollback Fraud Rights
Odometers don't always tell the truth. (speedometer image by Larry from Fotolia.com)

Odometer rollback fraud occurs when an auto seller turns back a vehicle's odometer to deceive potential buyers. If you purchase an automobile with a false mileage reading, you are entitled to various rights by the U.S. government.

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Investigate

You can perform your own investigation to determine if rollback fraud has occurred. The Wisconsin DOT website indicates that car buyers may examine the title, contact the previous owner, or conduct an online odometer accuracy check. Carfax offers this service at no cost.

Complaints

Vehicle owners may report suspected tampering to the federal Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation. According to its website, the office uses reports of fraud to aid its investigations and it supplies callers with helpful information on relevant laws.

Lawsuits

If you find evidence of odometer rollback fraud in a vehicle you have purchased, bringing a lawsuit against the seller is also one of your rights. Auto buyers may initiate a lawsuit in state or federal court.

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