How to easily identify Japanese used car odometer tampering?

There are a number of ways and trusted sources to find used Japanese vehicles. Some customers prefer visiting a local car dealer to spot and purchase the best car from a limited stock. On the other hand, many customers prefer to engage with a registered Japanese car exporter where they can explore thousands of Japanese cars that have been imported from Japan auto auction houses. Moreover, you might be able to identify an affordable Japanese car in the local classifieds.

It doesn’t matter which option you choose for purchasing a used car. But be careful of the several tweaks and fraudulent approaches that several car sellers adopt for selling an under-rated car just as a slightly used car. And that’s exactly where odometer tampering appears to be the top highlighted element for many.

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Odometer tampering is a simple trick that involves resetting or reversing the car’s odometer for showing a lower count of the total mileage done by the car engine. In most of the cases, customers look for low mileage cars and do not pay enough attention to the various technical aspects that are involved in the purchase process. There have been a number of reported cases of odometer tampering and the used automobile markets are filled with such cars. The main reason for reversing an odometer is showing a lower car mileage that several customers consider as the best option to choose.

Most of the industry experts consider mileage as one of the key elements for critically assessing the overall quality and performance of used cars. A lower count reflects a healthy engine whereas a higher count represents the excessive use of car. It is noticeable that a well-maintained car with lower mileage appears to be the best option only if you are sure that the odometer reflects real numbers.

An experienced driver should be able to critically identify a number of factors that clearly reflect the actual health of the car. A number of these elements can be considered for ensuring that the car’s odometer is in its original state.

  • The car’s overall look and feel of the interior tells a lot about the way it has been used.
  • Ensure that the car dashboard is assembled properly and reflects a feeling of original fitting.
  • Dashboard screws and gauges fittings are not missing or inappropriately fixed.
  • A newly installed set of tires, hoses and water pump reflects a greater probability of tampering.
  • Pay special attention to the vehicle’s maintenance and service history.
  • Look for annoying noises and even slight smoke emissions.
  • Look for an expert who is capable of assessing the engine health through a dyno test.

You can find more tips and tricks for identifying and preventing cars that reflects a greater probability of odometer tampering by engaging with online automotive communities and blogs. If you have gone through all of the above listed key checks and still unsure about the total mileage of the car, it is better to visit a local car expert or mechanic to conduct an in-depth review of the car’s overall wear and tear.

Author Bio

Richard is a highly qualified and experienced automobile customizations expert. With more than 5 years of experience in working at a Japan Vehicle auction house and now owning a personal workshop, Richard also contributes to the various online automotive platforms.

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