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How to detect odometer fraud

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Analog read-outs are easier to tamper with when compared to digital Analog read-outs are easier to tamper with when compared to digital
Tom Geiryic suggests to always ask for a vehicle history report Tom Geiryic suggests to always ask for a vehicle history report
Decrease your chances of odometer fraud by taking it to a trusted mechanic Decrease your chances of odometer fraud by taking it to a trusted mechanic
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Odometer fraud is something we've always heard about but what's different is that in recent years a lot of things have switched to digital, making it a lot harder to detect if your gauge has been tampered with.

In the state of Georgia, over 40,000 cars registered have been reported of being tampered with and that's just a fraction of what's reported nationwide costing us millions and millions of dollars in maintenance and repairs. Tom Gieryic of Gieryic's automotive says the first thing you should do when purchasing a car is ask for a history report, especially if its not from a dealership but an individual, otherwise you could run into a number of problems.

"Buy a car and its got 40,000 miles on the odometer but its really got 100,000 miles then, you know, you got a lot of maintenance that needs to be done to that vehicle that you're really not aware of because you don't know that its time to do it because the mileage is wrong,"Gieryic said.

He recommends comparing the date to miles. According to Rolledbackodometer.com, you should also look to see if the tires look worn out, cars with reasonable mileage should still have its factory tires not brand new, mismatched ones. You can also try getting the car inspected by a trusted mechanic and test drive it to see if the speedometer sticks. Drivers need to look for wear and tear near the dash, check for scratches on the odometer display and examine any gaps in vehicle history.

In the state of Georgia, any person who is suspected of tampering with mileage could be fined 50,000 for each violation and spend up to three years in prison.