In today’s economy, many folks are purchasing used cars to save a few dollars. We have repeatedly provided tips on how to make sure your used dream car was not previously someone else’s nightmare. You need to do your homework, take a look at our lemon dodger used car buying worksheet, inquire about the car’s repair and accident history, have an outside mechanic check out the car, and lastly invest in a carfax report to insure no hidden secrets about the vehicle’s past. This must all be done BEFORE signing on the dotted line. Buying a used car can be a significant financial gamble and if you don’t take your time, you could end up spending more money than you would on a new car. We have seen it happen many times.
Today, as a public service, we thought we would reach out to any auto retailer out there who thinks it’s okay to roll back an odometer. Throughout the seventeen years we have been in business, we have received well over 1000 calls pertaining to odometer rollback. It remains a common act of dealer fraud. And as we have repeatedly told consumers, it is illegal. There are retailers who never get caught, but if they do, they could find themselves in serious trouble. CBS Marketwatch reports that a 55 year-old man from Georgia has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, six months of home detention and another six months of supervised release for pleading guilty to two counts of odometer rollback.
If you think your odometer has been rolled back, carfax remains one of the best sources to see if your suspicions hold truth. However, even if the carfax comes up clean, your can contact your State’s DMV office to see if they can assist you. If you have proof that your odometer has been rolled back, or if you receive notice from the State (which does happen), you need to contact us at 1-800 LEMON LAW or reach out to another consumer law firm. The Firm should be prepared to use various consumer statutes to ensure cost-free representation.