Odometer fraud on the rise in NC, up 32%
RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Odometer fraud is on the rise in North Carolina and if you’re not careful, you could be duped. “We know in the Raleigh area there is about 13,100 vehicles that CarFax estimates had their odometers rolled back and that’s actually a 32% increase from 2019 so that is not a good trend,” said Emily Voss with Carfax.
Nationwide Carfax estimates more than 1.8 million vehicles on the road have had their odometer rolled back. That’s a 23% increase over the previous year.
It’s not hard to roll back an odometer. It actually takes less than one minute, with help of a rollback device you can buy on Amazon or eBay.
Josh Ingle, owner of Atlanta Speedometer, a company that specializes in instrument cluster repair, demonstrated just how fast it can happen. In a 2007 Chevy Silverado with 265,000 miles on it, he used the device and rolled the miles back to 85,000. “There is no recourse to tell it’s been done. No digital footprint that it’s been done, once this value is entered I can easily turn it back to 265,000 miles right now as well,” said Ingle.