When buying a used car, it’s important to ensure that you’re getting what you’re paying for. One of the most common ways that used vehicle buyers are deceived is through odometer fraud, where the odometer is rolled back to show a lower odometer reading than the car actually has. To protect yourself from this type of deception, it’s essential to check car mileage by VIN before purchasing it.
Mileage check (VIN lookup) refers to verifying the car’s accurate total miles traveled using the vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN is a unique code, consisting of 17 characters which identifies every vehicle. The exact location of the VIN may vary depending on the make and model of the vehicles. The most common locations include the dashboard, door jamb, engine block, and manufacturer’s sticker. It is also indicated in the vehicle title, insurance documents, and registration documents.
According to a study conducted by Carfax and published at jalopnik.com
, below are the top 10 states with the highest number of odometer rollback cases.