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.
27 July 2017
On 7 July, the EU published new rules to prevent odometer manipulation, which will make mileage fraud significantly more difficult for fraudsters. This common crime may affect up to 40% vehicles in the used car market. The new Regulation will oblige manufacturers to design and market new vehicle types that are more robust against odometer manipulation as of 1 September 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 November 2014
ACTAC joins the battle 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.
05 June 2014
European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas spoke about the importance of mobility at the FIA Summer Cocktail on 4 June.
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.
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.
27 March 2014
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) highlighted the 'invisible crime', raising awareness of this common scam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Commissions proposal addresses the existing legal grey zones to a certain extent, there are additional provisions that can improve consumer protection.
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 Commissions release of a new Roadworthiness Package today.
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.