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Posted by Makin Money on May 13, 1999 at 08:19:20:

In Reply to: Re: Here's a real story about odo FRAUD posted by Rich on May 12, 1999 at 18:47:59:

Since you asked...

I had some minor trouble with the car soon after purchase and because I was a bit far from the dealer I purchased it from, I took it to my local dealer for service.

When the SM went to write up the bill, he couldn't remember my name (how could someone forget a name like "makin money"?? ;), so he looked up the car in their computer system by the VIN#. Hmmm... Something was wrong. The last time the car had been serviced, it had over 120K miles on it, and now it had 55K??? Whutupwidat???

The SM was kind enough to bring that fact to my attention when I came in to pick up the car, and was also kind enough to provide me with *all* the service records on the car since it was purchased, new, by the previous owner. So, I had the complete history of the car.

And, here's the kicker. In the service folder was a picture of the guy standing next to the car I bought. The picture had been (up to that moment anyway) proudly displayed in the showroom because he was the first owner of that model **to have exceeded 100K miles**!!! Man, was THAT great to bring up in court!!!

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA again, dumb sh*t.

Here's another real mileage fraud story. My sister bought a car from a dealer. To help her out, I told her I would take a look at it (kinda too late, huh?) When I was going through the car just after she bought it, the first thing I did was to sit down, open the glove compartment and open up the owner's manual. Took a quick look at the dealer service stamps and found the last one at 44K. Odo said 17K. Hmmmm. Whutupwidat?? Man, and the car even had a "clergy" sticker on the back (no comments please). After having been through this before, I told her to go back to the dealership on its busiest day (nice sunny Saturday afternoon), stand in the middle of the showroom floor, and talk VERY loudly about THEM selling HER a car with a TURNED BACK ODOMETER and that she wanted to know what they were going to do about it *RIGHT NOW*.

It worked. And how. They wanted to to get her out of the showroom so bad that they asked whether she wanted cash or a cashier's check.

HAHAHAHAHAHA again again

Moral of the story: While it won't detect omitted miles (disconnected odo between service intervals) ALWAYS get the service records on the car before you buy. Or just walk away.

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