Hungary is one of the European leaders in odometer tampering. In a comprehensive study, the portal “carVertical” examined the percentage of cars with high mileage in each European country. The company examined the mileage of nearly 900,000 motor vehicles from 2021 and found that rolling back odometers remains a widespread form of fraud, vezess.hu writes.
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The data shows that in Latvia, most used cars have a manipulated odometer reading. In more than 24% of the checked vehicles, the odometer was rolled back. The situation is similarly bad in the other Baltic states: Estonia and Lithuania are the third and fourth biggest “cheaters” in this respect, respectively.
FactIt is true that the EU Regulation 2017/1151 stipulates that the mileage in the car must be systematically protected. The law has been in effect since September 2017 for new vehicle models, and since September 2018 for all new cars. But to date, many experts are missing a detailed regulation on what exactly this protection should look like and which neutral body should check it.
The situation is much better in some countries in Central and Southern Europe, but in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, one in ten used cars that were checked was found to have been tampered with. In Hungary, the rate is 14% – which puts us among the European leaders.
According to expert analyses, speedometer manipulation causes economic damage of more than 9 billion euros every year in Europe alone.
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