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Odometer Tampering Surges across the U.S.

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Many residents here in the Wiregrass are receiving income taxes this month. Often times, the money will be used to purchase a new to you, used vehicle.

Unknowingly, buyers could end up spending far more than the true value of the cars worth with odometer fraud surging. Towards the end of 2023 Carfax data revealed that approximately 2.1 million vehicles on the road have had odometer Tampering, a 14 percent increase since 2021.

A seller can charge a buyer into the thousands more for a vehicle by lowering the mileage alone, on a vehicle, and it only takes about one minute to do it.

If you are in the market of buying a used car, have it inspected by a trained eye. Ask the seller direct questions. To be extra safe, Carfax has a website that can help you identify if a used car has been previously tampered with. So it is recommended to do your homework.

If you unfortunately do fall victim to odometer tampering you can contact the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Stiff fines and penalties are put in place for these crimes.