CARFAX Warns Car Shoppers: Watch Out for Odometer Fraud

CARFAX Data Shows a 13% Increase in Odometer Rollbacks

CENTREVILLE, Va. (December 15, 2020) – There is a big misconception that odometer fraud disappeared with digital odometers, but that’s not so: CARFAX data suggests that more than 1.8 million vehicles on the road today have had their odometer rolled back, a 13% annual increase over 2019. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than 450,000 vehicles are sold each year with false odometer readings, and that costs American car buyers more than $1 billion in value annually. Not only that, odometer rollback can also lead to unexpected repair costs for buyers whose cars have more wear and tear than they expected.

That’s what happened to Renee Chance, a driver in Oregon state. “I bought a car and then when I got the CARFAX report after, it showed potential odometer fraud. The car shows 80,000 miles on a digital odometer. I have spent $1,000 trying to make the car trustworthy, and it still is not. Now the car needs an $1,800 repair. In addition, I overpaid $1,000 because of the odometer reading. I am a pretty savvy car buyer and have never had this happen before.”

Several heavily populated states saw double-digit increases in cases of possible rolled-back odometers, with Texas leading with a 31% rise. These 10 states have the most cases of odometer fraud, and all of them have seen an increase since 2019:


Top 10 States for Odometer Fraud

To help protect consumers, CARFAX offers a free Odometer Fraud Check tool and tips to protect yourself at

Editor’s note: Odometer fraud statistics for your area are available upon request. Interviews with a used car expert from CARFAX also are available at any time. Please contact Emilie Voss at or call 703-934-2664 ext. 4462.


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