Hi. A few months ago I bought a second-hand 2001 Echo. It had about 80,000 km showing on the digital odometer and was advertised as having that mileage. After putting on about 7,000 km, the odometer suddenly was showing 187,000 km. The car had been in an accident previously and I had purchased it from the body shop that did the repair work. The car looks and runs great, but the increase in the odometer reading makes me wonder if something fishy was done to it. Could this be a delayed result of the accident? And would a "hacked" odometer suddenly revert back to the correct mileage? It doesn't make much sense to me.
Country: CanadaMake: ToyotaModel: EchoYear: 2001
Nothing. Just trying to find out what might have happened.
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I am with you that this does sound fishy. It could be the result of a hacked odometer. What have you tried so far?
Nothing. Just trying to find out if the accident could have caused it or if you have heard of anything like this before.
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It wouldn't be accident related but could be because it was tampered with. These are internally controlled micro processors inside the odometer. You could try and find one that is more close to the 80,000 KM and swap it out.
Just as an example.....
A Salvage yard might have one close to the 80,000 km and all it is, is a simple swap out.
I would only swap it for one that reads 80,000 if I was sure the car only had that much on it. Otherwise I would be committing fraud. Is there a way to determine if it had been hacked?
You would need to send it to a company like this....
Alright. Well, thank you for.
They could check it out and see what was done and even fix it if needed.
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