Can you trust your odometer?


There are numbers that are of the utmost importance, and when we talk about cars, what brand the odometer or the odometer is fundamental. Of that information will depend on the market valuation of a vehicle, unlike its tax value, which depends crucially on the age. Higher mileage, lower value.

The mileage high imply greater fatigue of the parts, and that translates into looseness, noise, vibration, etc and a progressive increase in the corrective maintenance according to van being out-of-combat components. The information is crucial to knowing when to do preventive maintenance before a failure important.

we Usually believe the figure mark this component of the dashboard, but there is the possibility that it has been tampered with. This is known as shaving or reduction of kilometres, it artificially raises the value of the car. When greater value is gained, the greater the scam, and it is a crime when there is profit (it can be legitimate to a reduction of kilometres, for example by reusing a panel from another car).


The scam can be avoided by using records of maintenance that appears in the mileage

On the odometer analog it was necessary to employ a good time in disassembling the dash and manually manipulate the figures. Today this can be done with electronic media in a very short time, and without the need for large investments or time. Assumes a scam in most cases.

The manufacturers have specialized machines for diagnosis, and may alter the number of the odometer. In some cases, the number is stored in two separate places, so that if there is a manipulation, it is very evident. what if it is a dealership that does it? The thing changes.

At the end of February, was made public a rugged case in Palm Beach (California, USA), where a former employee of a dealership of Ferrari filed a lawsuit for wrongful dismissal. According to his version, had been reduced kilometres in the car for later sale, with the complicity of the brand and on behalf of the former owner (which would make more money). Discovered the cake and threw. Is what picks up the demand.


With the system you GIVE is Ferrari store a lot of information, including the number of changes underway that have been made, or how long you have operated a motor out for max speed. The mileage you can easily manipulate in this way.

This case has to be sorted out in the courts, but puts us in a situation. If a manufacturer authorizes -illegally – a reduction of miles, the new customer is not only going to bring a car more valuable than normal, it also puts you at risk.

Certain maintenance should be done before you reach a certain limit, as may be a change of distribution chain: if you, goodbye engine. The change interval is programmed so that the piece should hold for then, and even a little more. If you don’t know the mileage, these maintenance intervals will not be respected, with consequences a little pleasant and greater risk of damage.


In the classical models to manipulate the odometer was much more tedious

An electronic manipulation is very difficult to grasp, unless you have documentation of when you have been doing the maintenance. Would be a record of the odometer reading on the invoice. The deduction that could be done without calling the attention would not be very large. It would not be worth.

Some details can give away a discount of kilometers, as signs of abnormal wear in the contact areas more and more common, see steering wheel, pedals, looseness in the driver’s door, rust, excess dirt/soil where there should be none, etc, The expert eye is wrong unless the profane.

If, one day, a workshop or dealer is caught tampering with the odometer you can drop a good. If this is done with the support of the manufacturer, the consequences can be scandalous. If Ferrari really had engaged in those practices, the scandal that may be approaching will be fantastic.