CARFAX Europe Glossary - Number of Odometer Readings

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Number of odometer readings

Every vehicle has an odometer that tracks the number of kilometers (or miles) the vehicle has been driven. At different stages in a car’s life, for example during inspections or service maintenances, this mileage or odometer reading is noted down. Service and repair shops do this as one of the ways to verify a vehicle. The odometer reading is also always recorded upon a transfer of title for the vehicle.

Every car carries its unique and personal history, similar to a track-record of its life. The number of odometer readings a vehicle has can then be seen as a set of intervals that are noted on the car’s resume. The CARFAX Vehicle History Report collects this data and displays the consistency of these mileage readings.

It’s always important to check the consistency of the odometer readings, which is made easier when there is a greater number of odometer readings. A vehicle that has no or very few readings may be subject to fraud or indicate that the vehicle was poorly maintained. If considering the purchase of a vehicle with no or few odometer reading, extra precaution should be taken. There could, however, be a logical explanation. For example, this could be explained if a one-owner vehicle with very low mileage is owned by someone who performs his own oil changes and maintenance. But typically, a vehicle with many readings increases the likelihood of correct mileage.

Whenever considering the purchase of a used car, be sure to look into the vehicle history. Ask your dealer or the seller directly about service and maintenance records and check the number of odometer readings. Afterward verify this information with a CARFAX Vehicle History Report. By doing this, you can get a better overview of the vehicle as well as help determine if everything you’ve been told is accurate.