Important criteria when choosing a used car are data such as year of manufacture, number of owners, general technical condition and speedometer reading. All this together affects the final cost. In order not to miscalculate, the buyer will have to personally check each fact. Do you know how to check if the mileage of a car is twisted or not? To do this, it is best to contact specialists, but you can also draw certain conclusions yourself.
Checking the average annual mileage of the car
You can change the mileage for absolutely any car, and in order to determine the deception, you need to know how this is done. The first thing you should pay attention to is whether the mileage corresponds to the average. If the car was not used for commercial purposes, then the average annual mileage will be 20-30 thousand km. Consequently, for a three-year-old car - from 60 to 90 thousand km, for a five-year-old - from 100 to 150 thousand km, etc. A noticeable deviation in one direction or another is a reason to inspect the car in more detail.
It should be borne in mind that sometimes sellers do not reduce, but increase the mileage, because when passing the mark on average 100 thousand km, the car must undergo scheduled and expensive maintenance. And so there will be a chance to convince the buyer that the maintenance has been completed.
Check if the mileage at the mechanical odometer is twisted
Mechanical odometer from VAZ 2106
Mechanical odometer twisting is easiest, there are several ways for this:
- To twist, disconnect the speedometer cable from the gearbox and rotate it with an electric drill in the opposite direction.
- Either set the odometer digits manually after disassembling the dashboard.
In both cases, it is quite easy to check whether the vehicle mileage is twisted or not by the following criteria:
- uneven setting of numbers with mixing one or more vertically or horizontally;
- traces of unscrewing fasteners in the area of fastening the speedometer cable;
- traces of opening the dashboard.
Check if the mileage is twisted at the electronic odometer
Electronic odometer display
Changing the electronic odometer readings is more difficult, but there are also ways here:
- Changing the mileage data stored in memory by a special computer program.
- Replacement of a microcircuit in boards with data on mileage.
When tampering with the electronic odometer, you can also find traces of twisted mileage:
- signs of removing the dashboard;
- soldered microcircuits;
- partial absence of factory varnish at the board attachment points.
However, the best option would be to have the car diagnosed by an authorized dealer or an experienced car checker. Indeed, with a competent twisting of the run, the intervention can only be detected by an electronics specialist, having studied the data of the on-board computer.
It should be noted that the mileage of cars imported from the USA and Canada can be checked through the electronic databases Carfax and Autochek. And also on these sites, the buyer will find out whether the car was in an accident, whether it was used as a taxi and what problems were found during the inspection.
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Video about checking mileage on a car
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We check indirect signs of twisted mileage
In addition to obvious signs of twisted mileage data with traces of opening, indicate there may be indirect signs of a possible fraud by the seller, including:
1. Wear of parts uncharacteristic for mileage:
- worn out brake discs;
- steering wheel worn out from heavy use;
- worn doorknobs;
- worn pedal pads and others.
Even with careful operation or replacement of the main worn-out parts of the passenger compartment, there are places that will tell the approximate age of the car - these are door handles and power window buttons. They are most often touched by the driver and passengers, while they, as a rule, are not changed. If the driver's door is equipped with an opening limiter and a locking mechanism, it is worth examining it, as a rule, when approaching 100 thousand km, it noticeably wears out, starts to work worse, and characteristic clicks are heard. With a mileage of about 200 thousand km, the limiter ceases to perform its functions, the door easily walks and is not fixed in a given position.
2. Interior condition:
- pressed driver's seat;
- erased dashboard buttons;
- abraded cover at the gas pedal and others.
3. Appearance of the car:
Since it is the appearance that is given special attention when selling a car, the only thing that can say about the age of the car is windshield. If it is marked with the year of manufacture of the car, then with a mileage of over 100 thousand km, it will have many small chips and furrows from the wiper.
4. Let's look under the hood:
- mismatch between the timing belt and the speedometer mileage;
- reduced pressure in the oil system;
- wear on motor pulleys and the like.
Not only worn-out parts should be alerted, but also new ones, which, based on the number of kilometers traveled, did not need to be changed. The brake discs will be important witnesses in this case.
When buying a car, pay attention not only to the odometer reading, but also to the general condition of the car. Do not be lazy to visit the complex diagnostics service and listen to the opinion of experts. If there is even the slightest suspicion of a twisted mileage, it is better to refuse the deal, since the true reasons for deception do not always lie in the desire to increase the price. Sometimes this hides something more, and who knows what else the seller was deceiving..