A used car dealer manager was recently arrested for tampering with a vehicle's odometer. In this case, the 37-year-old manager sold a 2013 Chevrolet Cargo Van, claiming that it had 159,000 miles on it. In reality, the van had more than 303,000 miles - a fact hidden from the vehicle's buyer.
According to a news report, the vehicle's mileage was altered on both the odometer and the title. The manager also reportedly altered a title designation that indicates that the true mileage is unknown.
In addition, investigators discovered that the manager had a fake dealer's plate on his vehicle - one made of laminated paper.
He was been arrested and charged with odometer fraud, fraudulent schemes, tampering with a public record, forgery and more.
The article on his arrest points out that there are a few steps to take if you are considering buying a used vehicle, including:
- Ask for ID to make sure the seller is the owner listed on the title
- Ask for vehicle maintenance records
- Check VIN numbers on door frame and dash to see if they match
- Look for signs that either VIN has been altered or replaced
For those who have been victimized by an unscrupulous dealer, contact an attorney experienced in car fraud litigation for a free consultation about your legal options.