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UAE motorists warned over traders tampering with vehicle mileage

Motorists have been warned of fraudulent traders manipulating vehicle mileage to increase sales prices.

A UAE car servicing center demonstrated how simple it is to reset an odometer, prompting experts to warn potential clients searching for a deal.

A viral social media video from Berlin Auto Service Centre in Al Ain demonstrates how a Mercedes’ meter reading was reduced from 114,000 kilometers to 38,000 kilometers.

In a recent incident, a buyer from Abu Dhabi discovered that the Dh115,000 four-wheel drive she acquired second-hand had done 300,000km, not the 65,000km advertised.

She filed a lawsuit against the seller, and a court found that the contract could be torn up and a full refund rewarded.

The victory was a setback for consumer rights, but one legal expert believes buyers must act quickly to ensure justice is served.

According to Ali Hassan of Souq Al Haraj Sharjah’s second-hand car business, mileage significantly impacts a vehicle’s value. It can help determine how long it will be roadworthy. BKM/ Expat Media


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