November 29, 2023


Reinvent your ride!

Mechanic warns of engine light-weight tape scam on employed cars

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ATLANTA (CBS46/Grey News) – Wanda King-Whitby was cruising by the listings on Autotrader and Craigslist when she uncovered the right auto at the right cost.

It was a 2006 Toyota Camry with just around 151,000 miles. When she stopped by the seller, AP Auto Income, she mentioned she preferred it, and when she drove it, the salesman informed her there was practically nothing improper with it. She paid out $4,000 and drove it household.

“He just told me that the car was in great shape,” King-Whitby instructed WGCL. “It did not need to have any repairs, I did not will need an emission and I shouldn’t have any problems with it.”

Like most car or truck buyers, King-Whitby opted to skip a pre-order inspection. Just about promptly following the obtain, she explained, the auto experienced concerns.

“It appeared like the transmission slipped or the motor slipped,” she reported.

A mechanic at Theo’s Automotive in Peachtree Metropolis, Georgia, performed a submit-buy inspection and discovered difficulties that really should have stored the automobile off the road. The car or truck experienced been improperly repainted and there have been symptoms the roof had been crushed.

But that was just the beginning.

A long time back, the only way to cut down a car’s odometer was by eradicating the instrument cluster and manually rolling again the miles. But in the electronic age, criminals have an less complicated option.

A long time back, the only way to lessen a car’s odometer was by removing the instrument cluster and manually rolling again the miles. But in the digital age, criminals have an much easier solution.(WGCL)

In King-Whitby’s case, the first instrument cluster had been taken out and changed with a person with less miles on it. Samantha Stout, a services adviser at Theo’s, identified the discrepancy on the vehicle’s Carfax report.

“It says that the mileage was 151,000 with a notice of mileage inconsistency,” Stout reported. “The mileage just before that was 248,000 miles.”

By replacing the instrument cluster, a person lowered the car’s mileage by 97,000 miles.

Glen Berry, a company manager at Theo’s, confirmed WGCL the instrument cluster following it was removed. It seemed typical, right until he pulled again the semi-transparent cover covering the warning lights. Berry states when you press start out or turn the ignition, cars are built to screen all warning lights as a self-look at.

On King-Whitby’s Camry, every thing lit other than for the look at motor light.

“Upon seeking to see why it doesn’t perform, we basically started peeling the covering back, and you can see they set a small piece of electrical tape on it to black out where that light was on,” Berry explained.

By masking the check engine mild, Berry reported a vendor could make it look there was very little wrong with the vehicle and that it would very easily move emissions.

“This was intentional,” Berry mentioned. “They understood what they ended up doing.”

WGCL went to AP Automobile Repairs in Douglasville, Ga, and asked the sellers for an explanation. Workforce of the enterprise claimed the car’s prior seller should have tampered with it.

King-Whitby has considering that been given a $4,000 cash refund from AP Auto Repairs.

Whitby stated the cash is heading into the bank, but when she buys her up coming utilised automobile, she will pay out for a pre-acquire inspection.

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