By Euro Weekly News Media • 09 May 2014 • 8:59
A minimum of 82,000 second hand cars are sold in Spain each year with their odometer readings having been changed.
The tool needed to change the odometer is available on the internet and very easy to use; with each use between 70,000 and 100,000 kilometres can be taken away.
According to a report issued by the RACC between five and 12% of second hand cars in Spain have had their odometer tricked.
To prove how easy it is to do this the RACC bought their own, illegal, machine from the internet and in four easy steps they had erased 100,000 kilometres from a car.
The RACC has commented that this puts the consumer at great risk as they pay more for their car but they don’t really know very much about its state of repair and this could put them at greater risk of having an accident.
The RACC has proposed that the ITV (MOT) stations should be equipped with specialised tools to detect this type of fraud or, alternatively, every time a car has an ITV the real amount of kilometres it has done should be recorded in the car’s paperwork thus eliminating the possibility of fraud.
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