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Altering Or Rolling Back An Exempt Odometer Is Illegal

Here’s an interesting topic on eBay Motors community forum about exempt vehicle odometer rollback. Same 1974 Honda CB550 as previously sold but with 29,950 less miles

From the motors community forum: Motorcycle sold on ebay with 35,000 miles, on 1/24/15. Motorcycle currently listed for sale with 5,550 miles. Same motorcycle, same VIN#, same distinguishing marks.

Just because an odometer is of exempt status (10 years old or older) federal law says it’s odometer will not be tampered with. It makes no mention or exception to altering an exempt motor vehicle.

From Cornell Law School: 49 U.S. Code Chapter 327 – ODOMETERS.

A person may not advertise for sale, sell, use, install, or have installed, a device that makes an odometer of a motor vehicle register a mileage different from the mileage the vehicle was driven, as registered by the odometer within the designed tolerance of the manufacturer of the odometer.

Disconnect, reset, alter, or have disconnected, reset, or altered, an odometer of a motor vehicle intending to change the mileage registered by the odometer.

With intent to defraud, operate a motor vehicle on a street, road, or highway if the person knows that the odometer of the vehicle is disconnected or not operating. Or conspire to violate this section or section 32704 or 32705 of this title.

Previous Sellers ListingNew Sellers Listing with 29,950 LESS Miles! Another good reason to enable ID Verify for vehicle sellers!

Exempt Odometer Altering Is Illegal And Against Federal Law

As usual Just my two cents worth 😉

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