Odometer fraud, the winding back of odometers to suggest a vehicle has travelled less distance than it really has, has probably been around since they were first fitted to vehicles.
Tampering with odometers to make them show a false reading is illegal and criminal charges can result. Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading investigates such complaints and will prosecute offenders, if they can be identified.
It isn't as easy as it sounds, because:
There are few legitimate reasons for resetting an odometer reading.
One example would be fitting a new or replacement speedo to a vehicle. In this case the odometer reading of the replacement unit should ideally be reset to match that of the old unit. If the skills and equipment to do this aren’t available, at a minimum, a record of the reason for the change and the differences in the readings should be kept and provided to future purchasers to avoid allegations of fraudulent activity.
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