TAMPERING WITH ODOMETER COMMON, BUT CAR DEALERS CAN GET AWAY WITH IT

Dear A.S.S. Editor

It was quite worrying reading about the second hand car dealer, who was sued for tampering with a car’s odometer, so that it shows the used car had traveled less distance than it actually have. Even though the buyers won the case, and the dealers had to pay $20,000 to them, the company might have done the same to many other cars it sold, and buyers would be unaware of it.

Even more disturbing to find out that there are no specific laws in Singapore against tampering with car odometers, unlike in Australia and the US. Although the dealer can be charged for fraudently cheating the customers if he tampered with the odometer, how many buyers would actually really know if the odometer was tampered with in the first place? To make it even worse, the Singapore Vehicle Traders Association first vice-president Raymond Tang said odometer-tampering is “quite common”.

This is done so that used cars can be sold quite easily. If this is so common, how come authorities never act on it? This is called cheating, and it is blatantly done with the knowledge of a national body. Are we closing one eye on cheats in the car industry, simply because the buyer is ill-informed?

Robbie Tan

A.S.S. Contributor

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