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Mileage Fraud

Mileage fraud takes place when a vehicle’s odometer has been tampered with to lower the number of kilometres a car has been driven. The crime of mileage fraud affects the public at large, by artificially elevating the cost of used vehicles, sometimes by thousands of Euros. It is a crime that is also estimated to affect up to 40% of used cars in Europe. As fighting mileage fraud in one country often ends up shifting the problem to neighbouring countries, an international solution must be found.

 

The FIA proposes 4 steps to effectively tackle mileage fraud:

  • Encouraging all Member States to consider the manipulation or tampering of an odometer as an offense and effectively enforce their legislation

  • Preventing tampering technically through revising vehicle type approval legislation or getting a voluntary commitment of the vehicle manufacturing industry in the European Union

  • Setting up a European electronic platform to exchange mileage data – in compliance with data protection legislation – making mileage data broadly available to European citizens buying motor vehicles, in particular cross border

  • Supporting specific campaigns by the European Commission and Member States aiming to raise citizens’ awareness about this issue when buying a used car. 

 

Joint appeal against odometer manipulation

 


Policy Brief

 

pdf Download the Mileage Fraud Policy Briefing Paper (503.6 KB)


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Updates on mileage fraud

Mileage fraud featured on French TV news

Mileage fraud featured on French TV news

26 October 2016

On 23 October 2016, the French TV channel M6's programme Capital featured the second-hand car market and more specifially the invisible crime of odometer fraud. The report included a mileage fraud demonstration held at the FIA Region I offices in Brussels. MEP Dominique Riquet (EPP, FR), Vice-President of the Transport Committee joined the demonstration.

FIA Region I promotes awareness of mileage fraud

FIA Region I promotes awareness of mileage fraud

18 October 2016

On 19 October, Car-Pass held an international conference for all stakeholders involved in the used car market and confronted with the widespread problem of mileage fraud. During the event, FIA Region I highlighted the need for more awareness of this invisible crime and a EU-wide solution to the issue.

Club news: ACA France condemns mileage fraud following a new report

Club news: ACA France condemns mileage fraud following a new report

18 May 2016

A new report released by the DGCCRF reveals that 12% of all used vehicles sold on the European market have undergone odometer tempering procedures. The Automobile Club Association condemned the practice of mileage fraud.

Mileage Fraud proven to be an invisible crime

Mileage Fraud proven to be an invisible crime

04 February 2015

In a new FIA Region I commissioned survey, experts were unanimous: odometer tampering devices leave no trace on frauded vehicles and detection of the crime is nearly impossible.

ACTAC Clubs meet in Vienna

ACTAC Clubs meet in Vienna

13 November 2014

On 4 November 2014, ACTAC held a meeting in Vienna, Austria hosted by ÖAMTC. During the meeting, the Clubs discussed possible joint initiatives to improve mobility.

Club News: ACTAC tackles mileage fraud across the Arab world

Club News: ACTAC tackles mileage fraud across the Arab world

10 November 2014

ACTAC joins the battle against mileage fraud.

Joint Petition to MEPs: Protect European consumers against mileage fraud

Joint Petition to MEPs: Protect European consumers against mileage fraud

07 October 2014

A broad coalition of international and national actors have joined together to submit a joint petition the European Parliament on the prevention of mileage fraud.

As the EU Institutions consider the new mandate, the FIA urges policy-makers to prioritise mobility

As the EU Institutions consider the new mandate, the FIA urges policy-makers to prioritise mobility

05 June 2014

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas spoke about the importance of mobility at the FIA Summer Cocktail on 4 June.

Club news: RACC launches mileage fraud awareness campaign

Club news: RACC launches mileage fraud awareness campaign

08 May 2014

On 7 May, RACC held a demonstration event in Barcelona to highlight the common scam of mileage fraud and its damaging impact on the used car market.

Club news: Mileage fraud awareness campaign in Denmark

Club news: Mileage fraud awareness campaign in Denmark

04 April 2014

The Danish Motor Club, FDM, has sent a warning to consumers to be aware of just how common mileage fraud can be.

Club news: Raising awareness for mileage fraud in the UK

Club news: Raising awareness for mileage fraud in the UK

27 March 2014

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) highlighted the 'invisible crime', raising awareness of this common scam.

Mileage fraud - the everyday scam that could be affecting you

Mileage fraud - the everyday scam that could be affecting you

20 March 2014

On 19 March, FIA Region I demonstrated mileage fraud to audience of MEPs, Council representatives and European Commission officials. The event, Mileage fraud: the everyday scam that could be affecting you, aimed to raise awareness of this common crime and also bring possible solutions to policy makers to protect consumers from this virtually invisible crime.

VIDEO: The public reacts to mileage fraud

VIDEO: The public reacts to mileage fraud

19 March 2014

FIA Region I took the subject of mileage fraud to the streets of Brussels, in front of the European Parliament, to show the public just how easy mileage fraud can be.

FIA campaign Mobility 2014 brings motorists’ needs into the European elections

FIA campaign Mobility 2014 brings motorists’ needs into the European elections

18 March 2014

On 19 March, FIA Region I officially launched the campaign Mobility 2014 in front of an audience of MEPs, Council representatives and European Commission officials.

Mileage fraud: shining the light on an invisible crime

Mileage fraud: shining the light on an invisible crime

12 March 2014

On 12 March, FIA Region I set up a mileage fraud demonstration event on Place Luxembourg, just in front of the European Parliament in Brussels.

New Policy Brief: Mileage fraud

New Policy Brief: Mileage fraud

07 February 2014

Mileage fraud affects between 5 and 12% of used cars sales, costing billions of euros to European consumers each year. FIA Region I urges further action to be pursued at European level.

New Policy Brief: The Package Travel Directive

New Policy Brief: The Package Travel Directive

05 December 2013

On 9 July 2013, the Commission released its proposal for a Directive on package travel and assisted travel arrangements; the proposal gives more precision on the definitions and the scope of application, updating the original directive from 1990. It encompasses new ways of booking, such as “dynamic packages”, now covered as “assisted travel arrangements”. Although the Commission’s proposal addresses the existing legal grey zones to a certain extent, there are additional provisions that can improve consumer protection.

True cost of mileage fraud is billions, as FIA supports cross-border action

True cost of mileage fraud is billions, as FIA supports cross-border action

13 July 2012

“This package is a first step towards tackling the cross-border trade in tampered cars which costs billion of Euro every year”, said Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General, following the European Commission’s release of a new ‘Roadworthiness Package’ today.

Mileage fraud - A huge problem in Europe. Time do deal with it!

Mileage fraud - A huge problem in Europe. Time do deal with it!

28 March 2012

When Tom Van Aerschot bought a five-year-old Mercedes ML280CDI in Belgium for €25,000, with 94,000 km on the clock, it seemed like a good deal.

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