A low-kilometre car is a good find, but how can you tell if the odometer has been tampered with?
- Look closely to make sure the numbers line up, if it has an old-style analog odometer.
- Check the service history thoroughly for previous kilometre recordings, and make sure they match the history of the car?
- Look for wear and tear or suspiciously new parts. For instance, worn rubber pedals are easily replaced so it’s worth questioning why such items have been replaced.
- A worn driver’s seat is more expensive to replace and may be a warning sign of more use than the odometer suggests.
- Excessive stone chips on the bonnet could also indicate a car has done more distance than advertised.
- If the odometer reading looks to good to be true, it's probably false.