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Thread: Is odometer rolling/tampering illegal and enforced in Japan?

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    How could one check his vehicle after it has landed in their own country? is there a way to check?

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    Look carefully at the numbers. If you see they are not all perfectly (or near perfect) aligned, if you see any scratches/marks on the individual numbers they have obviously and carelessly been rolled.
    Look for any dust inside the cluster to see if it's been opened. It could suggest its been rolled back.
    If you ever remove your cluster, try to see if it's been removed before. Look for any broken clips or missing screws etc...

    If a person did roll it back, the above can easily covered up. Look for signs of age/wear in the actual vehicle. How worn out is the shifter/steering wheel/seats? Does your car really look like it has x amount of km on it??

    If you try all the above with good results, it is LIKELY your car hasn't been rolled back.

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    Kelly,

    In addition to the physical inspection for evidence of tampering you can also:

    1. Get the original Export Certificate for the vehicle from the importer and view the odometer reading at the time of export.

    2. Check in the "Statistics Sales" section of a Japanese Car Auction System which aggregates vehicles from all of the Japanese Auctions and holds the sold information on condition, sold prices and odometer reading at the time of auction for several months after the vehicle went through auction.

    John

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    Thanks Guys for the information.

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    Good tip goodveet and Tsuchiyama. JEVIC can usually also get the mileage history even if the car was auction months or years ago.

    It also seems the rolling is most common when cars are Imported (the importer often does it in their country).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmvip View Post
    Good tip goodveet and Tsuchiyama. JEVIC can usually also get the mileage history even if the car was auction months or years ago.

    It also seems the rolling is most common when cars are Imported (the importer often does it in their country).
    Odometer rolling happens when the car is bound to a country that doesn't require the export document. There are several countries in the Pacific that are like this; so they are open to having odometers rolled.

    Also, if its a vehicle that has been dismantled and reassembled, like in Russia, no one knows the true kms. They don't get export documents at all. I've had a Russian client state that he comes over here to buy so he can see the kms himself, then sells on to his friends and network. I guess that would be one way to ensure the kms true; you see it first-hand at the auction and on the ownership document.

    Steven Smith
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    I'm a Canadian in Nagoya

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    That's very scary, I guess that's the most common scenario. Does Australia require it because apparently a lot of cars get rolled once they are landed there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmvip View Post
    That's very scary, I guess that's the most common scenario. Does Australia require it because apparently a lot of cars get rolled once they are landed there.
    Yes Oz does require the export doc in order to clear the car.

    Steven Smith
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    http://www.sastrad.com
    http://www.japancarexportsonline.net
    I'm a Canadian in Nagoya

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