Texas DMV Odometer Fraud Resource

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The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles published a helpful 6-page resource on odometer fraud.  You may find that resource here:  https://www.txdmv.gov/sites/default/files/body-files/SmartBuyer_OdometerFraud_July2017.pdf

Here is just a snippet from the first page of that resource:

TIPS FOR CAR BUYERS – CHECKING A VEHICLE’S MILEAGE

1. EXAMINE THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OF THE VEHICLE CAREFULLY.

2. WRITE DOWN THE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (VIN).

3. OBTAIN A VEHICLE INSPECTION REPORT.

4. OBTAIN A VEHICLE HISTORY REPORT.

5. DO A TITLE CHECK.


Outside of buying a home, your purchase of a motor vehicle will be one of the biggest purchases you will ever make. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) is dedicated to helping consumers make informed decisions when buying a motor vehicle. The TxDMV wants you to be a “Smart Buyer.”


This Smart Buyer session, “Checking a Vehicle’s Mileage,” provides tools for consumers to ensure the mileage on the odometer on the car you have bought, or the car you are thinking about buying, is the actual mileage. Unfortunately, with advances in technology and the increased price of vehicles, alteration of or “rolling back” an odometer has become a more frequent problem for consumers. You need to know the true mileage of a vehicle to make sure you are paying the right price for the motor vehicle. The mileage on a vehicle may also tell you if there are reliability or safety issues you should know about before buying.

 


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