Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Two locations in NH: One near Concord, the other at the 45th.
Did you ever see the actual mileage or was it showing 0 when you bought it? I hope the seller wasn't trying to defraud you.
Yes, resetting the odometer is against the law, but (I'm no lawyer) I think if/when you trade it in there is a form where you state the mileage or check a box saying "Warning, odometer discrepancy." That wouldn't be part of a private sale, however.
When I was younger than I am now my Dad bought a new '59 Chevy and the odometer (obviously mechanical in those days) was sticky and started turning over fantastic miles. The dealer installed a new odometer, but those first few miles were lost to history. It's too long ago for me to recall the time frame between the purchase, discovery of the problem, and the repair -- he may have driven several months worth of miles (with many more miles falsely recorded) before it was fixed. I do remember him getting the new odometer and laughing about zero miles and saying it was a new car all over again.