Nobody wants to fall prey to a fraudulent odometer reading when purchasing a used car. A client of ours once shared that she was fooled by an innocent-looking grandmother selling her MINI, only to discover later the mileage had been altered. She ended up spending more on repairs than what the car was worth! However, with these key strategies, you can ensure you’re getting an authentic deal.
Utilise Government Resources
In recent times, regulatory bodies have amped up efforts to prevent odometer fraud. For instance, NSW Fair Trading penalised wrongdoers with penalties surpassing $113,000 during 2021 and 2022 for odometer manipulation. Residents in NSW can take advantage of the “registration check” feature available on the Service NSW site and app. This handy tool lets users view the last three yearly odometer readings. It’s an initiative many are hoping other Australian territories will adopt.
Delve Deep with a Comprehensive History Report
It’s essential to access a vehicle’s complete history before making a purchase. These reports often include critical details like any outstanding loans on the car, past severe damages, and potential odometer inconsistencies. By thoroughly examining this information, you can gain a clearer understanding of the car’s history and avoid potential pitfalls.
Review the Vehicle’s Service History
Always request the car’s logbook and compare odometer records with service invoices. Keep an eye out for any anomalies like extended periods without service or frequent mechanic changes. Lachlan Crawter, a seasoned mechanic from Tyres & More Kyogle, points out, “A genuine car owner maintains receipts and secures the logbook.” A missing logbook might be a cause for suspicion.
Compare the Car’s Age to Its Mileage
On average, Aussies drive about 12,100 km per annum. Suppose you’re considering a 2015 model with only 30,000 km on the odometer. In that case, you might wonder about the previous owner’s driving habits. Were they elderly and rarely drove, or perhaps tech enthusiasts who preferred virtual drives in video games?
Trust Your Eyes, but Don’t Rely Solely on Them
A car’s physical state offers clues about its history. Ensure there aren’t any oil leaks, inspect the vehicle’s overall condition, and pay close attention to any wear and tear that seems disproportionate to the car’s claimed mileage. Scrutinise the dashboard for any signs of tampering. Yet, remember: appearances can be deceptive. A car might look worn due to environmental factors, even if it has low mileage.
Bonus Tip: Consult the Experts
Considering a professional pre-purchase car inspection is not only wise but essential. Especially for newer models, our mechanics at German Precision in Melbourne are equipped with state-of-the-art scanning tools to swiftly pinpoint potential concerns. Beyond just checking the mechanical aspects, we ensure the claimed mileage aligns with the car’s actual condition.
In conclusion, an informed decision fortified by our expert guidance at German Precision can shield you from unwanted surprises. Remember, if something feels off or if the seller is reluctant to grant an inspection, let our team help you verify before you commit.
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