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Title & Odometer Fraud

​​​​​​Odometer fraud occurs when a motor vehicle's odometer is disconnected, reset or altered with the intent to change the number of clocked miles. ​According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 450,000 vehicles are sold each year with ​false odometer readings​.

Many vehicles with tampered odometers are products of curbstoning – the  sale of vehicles for profit without being licensed as a dealership. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles License & Theft Bureau estimates there are more than 5,400 curbstoners in North Carolina.

Signs of a possible curbstoner:

  • The seller has multiple vehicles for sale.
  • The seller's name is not on the vehicle title.
  • The seller does not want to notarize the bill of sale. (The License & Theft Bureau recommends notarizing bills of sale and related documents.)

How to Report Odometer Fraud

Individuals who suspect they are a victim of curbstoning and/or odometer fraud should visit an NCDMV License & Theft Bureau office, contact their local law enforcement agency, or submit a complaint through the NCDMV License & Theft Portal​.

Go​ to the​ License & Theft Portal​

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1/5/2021 5:28 PM

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