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mileage lies and carfax

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Ben Beckerich, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    howdy

    i'm trying to buy a new-to-me old truck for work.. being the cash-only kind of guy that i am, i'm looking to stay under $3,000. all the trucks i'm looking at are between 85-95, with a few exceptions. this isn't the first time i've purchased a used older truck... but i'm noticing something disturbing this time around.

    last time i was in the market for a used truck (80'-90'), it was incredibly rare to see anything with mileage under 150,000, with most being in the neighborhood of 180,000-220,000...

    now, many years later... everything i'm seeing ("everything" being an over-generalization, but not by much) is claiming to be UNDER 100,000 original miles or low 100,000s....

    how the crap did that happen? how did all of these previously hidden/un-driven trucks pop to the surface? i've come to the conclusion that in our current state of economic depression and desperation, people are letting their ethics slip a bit, and either allowing themselves to believe the mileage their 5-digit odometer reads is the actual mileage (instead of 100,000 or even 200,000 miles off), or are simply opting to deliberately LIE and claim aaaalllll these 85'-90' trucks actually have 76,000 or 120,000 original miles on them...


    end rant

    now.... i have never used or looked into Carfax.. but they claim to be able to tell you the actual mileage of vehicles, if you have their VINs.... anybody have any experience with this, or happen to have researched it enough to know if it's even possible that they have accurate info?

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  2. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    I think a lot of people are selling the vehicles they've had sitting around for a while. My father just sold a 78' pick-up that we'd had for years. We used it for dump runs, hunting trips, etc. When we got it, it had 80,000 original miles. When we sold it a few months ago, it only had 108,000 miles on it. It was our extra truck when I was younger. The couple grand my pop got for it was finally worth more than having the truck just sitting around...
     
  3. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    thats obviously a solid theory, and perhaps i'm just getting jaded over the fact that i still haven't found an appropriate truck... i'm gonna guess it's a mix, though, and this is what concerns me. i'm tempted to buy a truck claiming higher mileage just to increase the odds i'm not being lied to.
     
  4. MountainBear

    MountainBear Sweet Home, OR Well-Known Member

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    Isn't it a crime to falsify the odometer reading when selling a vehicle? I only ask because while a person may risk it, I doubt a company like carfax would. I've used their service a few times, and usually appreciated the info I got. Besides mileage reported when vehicles are bought and sold, they also have information like whether or not it has been in a major accident, or whether it was a lease or rental vehicle.

    I had to buy a vehicle a year and a half ago. It sucked, because, like you, I was on a budget. I ended up buying a vehicle from a dealership I trusted. I ended up with more mileage than I wanted, but it was alright because I trusted the guys I bought it from. Good luck with your search...
     
  5. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    im sure carfax wouldn't falsify anything- it wouldn't profit them anything to do so, and it is, indeed, a crime to falsify mileage. i don't question the integrity- just the ability to access accurate info.

    i don't want to put out the $35 to still not know the correct mileage of a given vehicle..
     
  6. DERGLOCKINMEISTER

    DERGLOCKINMEISTER SPRINGFIELD OREGON Member

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    Federal odometer rules say that any vehicle over ten years old is considered exempt from mileage disclosures so in the price range you are looking
    in , most of those vehicles are exempt from odometer disclosure . It's the new thing to have curbers ( unlicensed dealers ) and private sellers to claim
    actual miles on a vehicle , but the vehicle is actually sold to be exempt . Ever since cash for clunkers (what a joke ) the used car market has
    been extremely tight and clean vehicles are bringing a premium at the auctions as well as from private sellers . Also , with the unemployment
    situation as it is , everybody thinks they will try their hand at being an auto dealer to augment their unemployment check . No license , no bond ,
    no insurance , no regulation , you buy the car and hope nothing goes wrong .
    Carfax can't certify the miles on a vehicle this old because of the federal odometer rules .
     
  7. locobob

    locobob Beaverton, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Carfax may be somewhat useful but keep in mind they are not perfect, they actually cost me a sale once by reporting inaccurate mileage data (higher than actual). When I confronted them on it with actual DMV records they refused to correct their mistake, needless to say I was less than impressed by them.
     
  8. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    I can see it either way...

    Some trucks just don't get driven a lot due to the INSANE price of fuel. My 4x4 V8 Dodge gets around 10-13 mpg depending on what I use it for (dump runs, snowy, icy winters, and occasional trips to shoot guns in the quarry when the roads get muddy), so I've put fewer than 3000 miles on it since I bought it used 2-3 years ago. The Outback goes 12-14k per year because it gets twice the mpg.

    But I'm suspicious, too, about some of the old beaters I see with "82,000 original miles!" (Whatever "original" means...)

    I may be naive about what carfax does. But in the case of a vehicle never repaired under insurance, and without dealer maintenance records, how would carfax (or anyone) know if an old truck had 82k, 182k, or 282k on it?
     
  9. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    ^^^This... :thumbup:




    For muddy roads, ice, and snow, there's nothing I'd take over a good subaru with the right tires.
    You could put a few dollars in your pocket by getting an old 4 or 6 cyl 2wd pickup for dump runs. Or, better yet, you could get a small trailer for a few hundred dollars.

    A subaru isnt really at home unless it's plowing snow.

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  10. donMiguel

    donMiguel SouthKingWA Active Member

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    CarFax can only tell the last reported mileage, and if the mileage ever went down. They get the info from transfer records (registration / title), and from service centers. You think Jiffy Lube only wants to remind you when a change is due? They also sell that info. And CarFax can tell you if it was totaled on insurance.
     
  11. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    thanks for the REs... i went ahead and bought a '96 f150 today... straight 6, 5 speed, and a 6 digit odometer. no worries.. at least i'd have to be significantly more paranoid than i am.
     
  12. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    I don't drive my truck much anymore due to high fuel costs. So now I have a 95 Chevy with about 125K miles on it. Usually only take it for a couple trips a year that might add up to 2-3K miles.


    elsie
     
  13. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    I can't drive a Subaru. I only meet 1/2 of the requirement for owning one:
    1) must like women - check
    2) is a woman - not
     
  14. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    heh...

    in all seriousness, i'd love to have a suburu... i'll probably buy my mother-in-law's forester once she pays it off. GREAT car to take to the mountain- cheap on gas, good on mud/snow. and this is coming from a dude who's only owned manly pickup trucks his whole life.

    but for my right-now purposes.... i must have a full size pickup with a long bed. hopefully this straight 6 motor will get me up the mountain cheaply on the weekends too.
     
  15. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Subarus are great little rigs. Got a little red 80s wagon as my current DD and picking up a free Legacy runner with blown HGs next weekend.
     
  16. NCW Ray

    NCW Ray Sunny Eastern Washington Active Member

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    As far as CARFAX history reporting; I don't trust them. They had my daughters VW Jetta flagged with "Not Actual Mileage". Took me over a week to prove to them it was the correct mileage and for them to correct their mistake. Unfortunately it cost my daughter a sale. After going through this hassle I did some research on CARFAX...seems like there are MANY complaints about CARFAX.
     
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  17. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    I pretty much almost always run a CARFAX on a vehicle that I am interested in buying. I know that they might not be 100% accurate, but for the big things that I am interested in they are a good source of information.
    If the vehicle has been wrecked and gone through the insurance company for repairs, you will see it.
    In most states every time there is an official entry (smog test, registration, mandated inspection) that mileage will show up on a Carfax report and it makes it easier to spot some guy who is trying to roll back the odometer.
     
  18. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I fixed that for you

    You couldnt handle the subaru :cool:
     
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  19. Grunwald

    Grunwald Out of that nut job colony of Seattle, WA Well-Known Member

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    You can change my post all you want but it does not change the fact that it is the preferred vehicle of short haired women who like to put rainbow stickers on their bumper.
    Besides I learned to drive in New England and can outperform most other drivers in the snow, without having the benefit of a four wheel drive.
     
  20. billcoe

    billcoe PDX Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    The Lesburus have some disadvantages. (Lesbaru owner here) They will get stuck in deep mud and snow before a jacked up pickup truck will. However, a bit of judgment will keep you out of that situation. Killing a deer and tossing it in the back is not as easy either, you need a big sheet of plastic to keep it from bleeding out all over the car. 24 mpg. and great road handling - can't bubblegum on that.

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