Mileage check with CARFAX

Odometer reading and vehicle history for your used car.


Why is the KM Check important?

12% of odometers in the EU, on average, are tampered with. In cross-border trade, even between 30% and 50%, according to information provided by the Committee for Transport and Tourism from the European Parliament.

In the past, rolling back an odometer meant manually reversing the numbers on the mechanical instrument that recorded the distance a vehicle drove. Odometers are now mainly digital, and these can be reset by altering the car’s circuit board and editing the mileage display to read whatever number you put in.

A vehicle with a mileage rollback represents an increased risk for the buyer which directly affects the residual value, price, functionality, durability of the vehicle and even the public road safety.

CARFAX recommends: Check the mileage of the used car and avoid buying a vehicle above its value, as well as expensive follow-up costs. These can be unexpected repairs, damage due to missed inspections and possible problems with car insurance.

How to know the real kilometers of a car?

The last service invoice, and potentially a log book (if available) or the workshop report can be useful for this.

Example: There have been five oil changes. The manufacturer recommends an oil change every 20,000 kilometers. So, the odometer should show around 100,000 kilometers.

If the car still has the original tires, and they are in good shape, that indicates low mileage. Also, look at the condition of the accelerator pedal, its wear and tear will indicate the amount of usage.

If you are still unsure after all this, have a used car check done by a garage or automobile club. This will cost you, but if you want to be sure, it's money well spent when you've invested several thousand euros in the car.

Get a CARFAX Vehicle History Report and compare the odometer reading(s) with the mileage provided by the seller and make sure the pattern is logical. This is the fastest and easiest way to safely check mileage and detect speedometer tampering.

The report is also helpful as it provides essential clues whether the information is correct. For example, the history of previous owners: the more the car has been owned and the older the vehicle is, the higher the mileage can be.

Close a better deal using the odometer check!

Where can I find the VIN?