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Odometer Reading Wrong On Car Title - Help!!

When my husband personally bought a vehicle owned by our business either he gave the wrong odometer reading or the clerk at the title bureau put in the wrong reading on the title at transfer. He never noticed the difference and it's been a year. The actual odometer reading is 59,644. On the title it says 68,111. We want to use the care for a trade in. Do we have to take the car for an 8,467 mile trip or can we get this corrected without being berated and going to jail by those friendly folks at the title bureau?

created by holland on Jul 11, 2010 at 10:21:09 am     Legal     Comments: 9

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Aren't the clerks at the title bureau supposed to confirm the odometer reading as part of the vehicle inspection when they issue a new title? (That's what they did when I got my title anyhow, checked the VIN number and the odometer.)

If that's the case, one would almost have to think that it was the clerk's error in typing on the title. Do you have any of the other paperwork from the transaction, or did you just keep the title?

Perhaps if you still had a copy of the vehicle inspection slip, then that would help state your case to the title bureau.

posted by mom2 on Jul 11, 2010 at 12:08:57 pm     #  

Clerks do not confirm odometer readings. When you sign off the title at the dealer you can check the box that says the odometer reading is not correct and be done with it. This could affect the trade in value. Trying to correct an error from a year ago would be difficult, otherwise people could reset the odometers and claim the earlier reading was a mistake.

posted by OldTimer on Jul 11, 2010 at 01:32:31 pm     #  

Is it a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vechicle ?

If it's front-wheel drive, put the front end of the vehicle up on blocks, at least a foot off the ground. Reach in and start the car, without getting inside. Put the car in drive. Put something heavy on the gas pedal. Let the front wheels spin for half a day, at a high rate of speed.

Check on the car periodically, to see how quickly the odometer is moving. It might take a couple days to solve the problem this way. Try not to do this in a garage with the garage doors closed.

Just make sure you're careful, so nothing that happened in the movie Ferris Buehler's Day Off, happens to you. Don't attempt this if you have any unsupervised children or pets on the property.

posted by CharlesBronson on Jul 11, 2010 at 01:37:51 pm     #  

Odometer problems are not uncommon; just follow this BMV link for procedures on fixing the mileage problem.

posted by historymike on Jul 11, 2010 at 01:54:43 pm     #  

Put it on blocks at 60 MPH for 24 hours is 1440 miles per day times 6 days (144 hours) = 8640 miles. Take it off the blocks every 5 hours to fill the gas tank. What a plan. In the old days you would just unhook the speedometer cable at the transmission and hook it up to an electric drill. Faster and no gas. I personally would look for a private buyer who believes your story and not take a financial hit on it. The miles are still low for a used vehicle

posted by OldTimer on Jul 11, 2010 at 04:39:42 pm     #  

wow, I've never even owned a vehicle with less than 100,000 miles. I'd gladly take yours whether it was 59, 69, or 79,000 miles. lol

posted by hockeyfan on Jul 11, 2010 at 07:37:31 pm     #  

Hockeyfan: Same here. My mother, as a gift, gave us her 2000 Toyota Camry 2 years ago. At the time, it had 62,500 miles. Hubby & I felt like millionaires :)

posted by MrsPhoenix on Jul 11, 2010 at 08:14:24 pm     #  

It is really not a problem to take it back and have a new title issued, you just have to sign the affidavit affirming the milleage and pay the fee again.

posted by ilovetoledo on Jul 12, 2010 at 12:57:54 pm     #  

A call to "Ellis" at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Columbus said to take the title and repair records to the car dealer who was accepting it for trade in and they would be able to correct it. The alternative was to send copies of the repair records to the BMV in Columbus with a notarized affidavit affirming that the odometor mileage was the actual mileage, wait a week to ten days or so until they make a determination then get a new title issued. According to "Ellis", who was pretty nice to talk to.

We traded the car in today and the dealer took the repair records and the title and said it should be OK. BTW - I am now the proud owner of a new Ford Transit Connect. Black. Its a "Butt Ugly Cute" small van designed for commercial use that we plan to use as a passenger car.

posted by holland on Jul 12, 2010 at 10:06:46 pm     #