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Old 09-01-2004, 02:11 PM   #1
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Default what does it mean if a car is exempt from odometer reading?

i ran a carfax on a 944 and found this under detailed history:

in 95 it had 108k miles. from 99 on is what i am suspicious of because the ebay ad says it has 111k miles. is it really possible that its only been driven about 3,000 miles in 9 years?
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Old 09-01-2004, 02:15 PM   #2
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In many states, like Arkansas and possibly ALL states, once a car is 10 years old, it is considered "odometer exempt". Nothing to worry about at all. Just a government thing.
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Same in Oklahoma.
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That is the case in FL as well. Fl also has an "exceeds mechanical limits" designation as well. That sounds quite scary, but only means the odometer has flipped.
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Old 09-01-2004, 04:02 PM   #5
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honestly in MI i have probably registeed about 40 vehicles all over the year range, and dont think they have ever asked my mileage, inc. my 96 blazer. Never understood it.

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so you guys dont think i should worry about the small mileagre increase over the years?
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I would worry. did you ask if the odo still works?
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The odometer certification requirements are based on a federal law, which does not apply to vehicles over 10 years old.
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Old 09-01-2004, 09:03 PM   #9
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well, put it this way. 3,000 / 9 = 333 miles per year / 12 = 28 miles a month = less than a mile per day.... so go figure. Bet that odo has been rolled back, or the car is badly in need of a timing belt change from sitting around so long - same for hydraulics, etc. Possible but highly improbable.
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Probably a broken odometer.
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Old 09-02-2004, 12:53 AM   #11
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Most likely is a broken odo though I have 2 cars that has been driven less than 300 miles in the last 10 years. My 66 Renault Caravelle (probably only 300 in the U. S. left though its a fairly cheap car) and my 89 951 (sat for 7 of the 10 years and moved for street cleaning the last 3).
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What year is the car? If it's an early, there could have been 100k in that 9 years...

The easiest way to confirm all of this would be to get some mait. records from somewhere in that gap and see what the mileage was listed as there...

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when I registered mine it had 369 miles. Not thousand, just 369 miles. I also checked the odemeter error box.
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NJ DMV does not exempt vehicles from mileage readings based on age. A title will give a mileage OR excedes mechanical limits OR TMU (true mileage unknown). A car brought into the state that has been exempt will usually be titled as TMU, same as a car that is known to have been turned back so the value of a car from one of these states is often lower.
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