More than 3,500 cars were registered in Latvia this October. More than half of those vehicles had altered odometer readings. In addition, many of those vehicles had previously undergone repairs after crashes. But what was mentioned in the sale offer? Original run, no defects, does not require additional investments.
26,000 cars registered in databases of autoDNA.lv and autodetektivs.lv were checked in October. Most of the checked cars were those fitted with diesel engines and manual gearbox. 56% of them were BMW brand cars.
Fake mileage is only part of the problem. There are cars whose visual state is nothing more than a front to cover the actual damage sustained in a crash. According to statistical data, used cars with unaltered mileage and without serious damage are found on average in 10% of cases.
«Practice shows that people usually check three to four cars before making their decision. Visiting a car service centre will not help much. Buying a car is a serious enough investment to avoid blindly believing everything people mention in the sale offers,» – says autoDNA.lv portal’s representative Agris Dulevics.
Among the most often checked cars in October are Audi (49%), BMW (56%), Toyota (42%), Volkswagen (41%) and Volvo (47%). Most of the checked cars run on diesel fuel (76%) and fitted with manual gearbox (59%). The least number of fraud attempts in October were noted with Nissan, Open and Škoda brand cars. Odometer data manipulations were noted only in 25% of Nissan and Škoda cars (28% for Opel cars).
«Thanks to car history information provided by CSDD free of charge, the option to check the car at the dealer, as well as paid tools that keep track of mileage and car crash databases, like autoDNA.lv, odometer data manipulation cases have begun to decline. Consumers have not matured enough to look at odometer readings above 180,000 km. This especially applies to cases when people wish to buy a cheaper car from a specific release year,» – notes Car Association representative Peteris Rubulis.
He said that odometer data manipulation is more common with premium cars because data manipulation in expensive cars is more beneficial.
«Car age has two indexes – year of release and mileage. There is no real point in correcting odometer data for standard cars. The data manipulation process itself is not free. Because of that, the benefit from data manipulation is meagre at best,» – explains Rubulis.
Sometimes sellers also lie about a car’s origin country. According to data from autoDNA.lv, in 15% of cases cars were brought not from Germany but from Belgium, Italy and other Western European countries.