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NHTSA’s Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation conducts criminal investigations of large-scale interstate odometer fraud schemes involving multiple vehicles.  Individuals having specific information concerning such schemes are encouraged to call (202) 366-5953.

Complaints concerning a single vehicle should be reported at the state level.  This Office does not conduct criminal investigations related to a single vehicle.  However, as an investigative tip individuals can provide this Office with the identification number (VIN) of any vehicle suspected of having an altered odometer or a forged odometer statement by calling (202) 366-4761.

Complaints concerning vehicle safety such as, defects and recalls, should be reported by calling (888) 327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov.

Individuals seeking general information concerning odometer fraud should review NHTSA’s website, search the Internet for information posted by their state government, or call (202) 366-4761.

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Road Warrior: Low miles? Used car may be too good to be true

Hardly anybody I know pays much attention to the odometer reading when buying a used car — unless, of course, it’s exceptionally high. After all, low mileage is usually the main qualifier when buying a pre-owned vehicle because it suggests the two of you will likely enjoy a few more good years before it gives you serious trouble.

But judging by an arrest for odometer fraud in South Hackensack a week ago, ignoring a low-mileage reading might mark the beginning of serious trouble. “Odometer fraud? How’d they do that?” said Sal, an otherwise astute car owner I know from Barnegat.

Like me, Sal thought rolling back odometers was the kind of crime that all but disappeared when computers were introduced in most cars around the end of the 20th century. Those of us who began driving when hood ornaments were still popular remember how amateur mechanics would break into the odometer housing behind the dashboard and roll back the miles by hand.

Those days are long gone. And so is the housing, said Robert Foster, an officer in a consortium of state investigators called the National Odometer and Title Fraud Enforcement Association.

“It’s easier to do now than it was before computerization,” said Foster. “With the right kind of knowledge and software, a mechanic can get into the onboard computer and reset the mileage to anything he wants.”

Theoretically, it doesn’t always require a master mechanic to do this dirty work.

“Diagnostic and computerized equipment can be purchased online,” said Maureen Parenta, a spokeswoman for the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. “And there are how-to blogs and Internet videos” that can easily be accessed.

In the South Hackensack case, Alon Levin, owner of HQ Custom Design, was charged for allegedly using diagnostic equipment to access vehicle computers and lower odometer readings by tens of thousands of miles since 2012. It’s unclear which kinds of vehicles were affected, but Levin’s company website said the business specializes in customizing big-ticket luxury vehicles. Because the investigation is ongoing, Parenta couldn’t disclose how the fraud was uncovered, but police say investigations usually are initiated by sellers who belatedly realized they’ve paid more than several hundreds of dollars to buy vehicles with mileage reductions in the tens of thousands.

The losses don’t always stop there.

If a car is financed, the bank or finance company will likely increase the interest rate on the car loan. Insurance companies can hike the premium, too. And maintenance costs will likely rise faster for a car with 70,000 miles than it would have if it had been driven just 40,000.

Still, turning back an odometer requires a little more than a screwdriver and a little online know-how.

“Yes, the procedure only requires a scanner and the right software,” said mechanic Brian Shanahan, who owns Washington Garage in Bergenfield. “But the logistics aren’t so easy. The software is proprietary. If you work on cars for a living, you need authorization, which usually means you have to be a licensed franchisee who’s legally bound by a code of ethics. If you do something unethical or illegal, you lose the license, which means you can’t work on certain car makes. Essentially, you can lose your business.”

To say nothing of the legal penalties, especially for cases involving hundreds of vehicles.

Foster, an investigator for the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, has helped in federal prosecutions that put violators in jail for five years or more. “Fines can be levied per vehicle and they can run in the tens of thousands,” he said. “On top of that, restitution can be ordered for thousands more.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that nearly 500,000 annual usedcar sales in the United States involve odometer fraud. The cost to the American consumer: Easily $1 billion a year.

In the last 10 years in New Jersey, courts have individually held several dealerships responsible for cheating buyers out of $1 million or more. Frequently, these cases cross state lines. In one 2008 settlement, a defendant pleaded guilty to electronically rolling back odometers as much as 100,000 miles in cars sold in Brooklyn and Hackensack. One Ramsey dealer and its affiliates were initially assessed more than $900,000, a figure that was later reduced to $250,000. Last month, the state sued a Lodi used-car dealership — European Auto Expo — for deceptive practices that included one sale in which mileage allegedly was rolled back 60,000 miles.

Federal law requires that sellers register the mileage on the odometer at the time of sale. If the mileage is incorrect, a seller must disclose that fact to the buyer in a statement. But cars more than 10 years old are exempt.

“That loophole is more significant today than when the law was passed,” said Foster, “because cars last an average of about 11½ years now.”
Various law-enforcement groups are lobbying Congress to close the loophole.

Meanwhile, what can car buyers do to protect themselves?

NHTSA suggests asking to see the title and maintenance reports to ensure the mileage reported on these documents is consistent with mileage on the odometer. Foster suggests carefully checking brakes, clutch pedals and other vehicle components for wear to determine if they show wear consistent with odometer mileage.

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tesla business model faces another legal battle

By Dan Gearino

A trade group for Ohio car dealers is asking a Franklin County court to rescind Tesla Motors’ license to sell new cars, citing what they say are violations of Ohio law.

The plaintiffs in the case also include several central Ohio dealer groups, such as Midwestern Auto Group of Dublin, Ricart Automotive of Groveport and several of the Germain family dealerships.

“If a license is not granted with proper authority, then that license should be rescinded,” said Sara Bruce, vice president of legal affairs for the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association.

The defendants are the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Tesla.

In the suit, which was filed in Franklin County Common Pleas Court, the dealers say that the state agencies improperly approved Tesla’s dealer license earlier this year because the company did not provide a copy of its contract with the manufacturer of the vehicles to be sold.

In this case, the manufacturer and the retailer are the same company, but the dealers say that the law still calls for proper documentation.

Even if Tesla had provided a contract, it would not have been valid because the law requires such an agreement to be between “two separate contracting parties,” Bruce said.

Tesla did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Earlier this month, Tesla opened a store at Easton, the automaker’s first retail outlet in Ohio.

Also this month, the auto dealers association made an unsuccessful attempt to get the Ohio General Assembly to outlaw Tesla’s business model.

The lawsuit is the next step in the dealers’ attempt to stop Tesla from gaining a foothold in the state.

Unlike most auto brands, Tesla sells its all-electric cars directly to consumers through company-owned stores.

This is different from the way established auto brands sell their products. Companies such as Ford, General Motors and Honda sell through a network of independently owned dealers.

Established dealers have raised concerns that Tesla’s model is opening the door for other automakers to open company-owned stores, which they say would undermine the concept of an independent dealer network.

The dealers say they are trying to preserve a system that employs 50,000 Ohioans, while Tesla says the dealers are monopolists who are wary of real competition.

Tesla has faced similar legislative and legal battles in other states.

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