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incorrect mileage during purchase - should I report?

kaydo36kaydo36 Member Posts: 2
edited February 2018 in General
a dealer has listed a vehicle on their site and in the purchase agreement with over 40,000 more miles than it actually has (confirmed via CarFax and odometer picture) I suspect it's why I'm getting the deal I am. How much of a pain is it to submit a correction after the fact? I'm afraid if I alert them to the mistake, they'll retract the price.

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    kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 238,965
    That is a dilemma.
    How much money are we talking about? What is your purchase price?

    When I take a car to the county clerk to have it registered, the one thing they check besides the VIN is the odometer reading, and it has to match the paperwork.

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    kaydo36kaydo36 Member Posts: 2
    I would gauge it's about $3-4k lower than what I'd be paying on average. I don't mind turning a cheek and having it corrected later but I'm not sure if asterisk sticks with the vehicle. I'd hate to leave potential buyers thinking I tried to roll back the odometer whenever I sell it.
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    kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 238,965
    kaydo36 said:

    I would gauge it's about $3-4k lower than what I'd be paying on average. I don't mind turning a cheek and having it corrected later but I'm not sure if asterisk sticks with the vehicle. I'd hate to leave potential buyers thinking I tried to roll back the odometer whenever I sell it.

    Not sure what to tell you.. Where I live, I would have to have them correct it, or I wouldn't get past the county inspection to get my title/plates.

    If I'm you, I worry that the "stain" of a higher mileage possibly hitting carfax, and on the title would negate any savings I received on the front end.

    Maybe, just before signing in the F&I office, I point out to the manager that they have a typo on the mileage (maybe, you have to sign an odometer statement?), and see if you can just get a quick correction?

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    Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Member Posts: 64,481
    You might contact DMV and ask them what they do when this type of situation walks into their office. I'm sure it's happened many times. Perhaps they would require an inspection to verify odometer miles.

    You're right though. CARFAX picks stuff up from public records so they might record the higher mileage if DMV doesn't correct it.
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    isellhondasisellhondas Member Posts: 20,342
    I would demand that they show the correct mileage on the Purchase Order. If they try to raise the price just walk! This whole thing just sounds strange. Maybe it's a TMU car and they are aware of it but they have to disclose this and there should be a sticker on the door jamb.

    Something smells fishy here. I wonder if the car has been "clocked" and they are aware of that but if that is the case the TMU laws would kick in. That car may not be such a bargain after all!
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