I am still working with a certified cars outlet, till date I have never seen, heard of any tool that can directly assess the originality of the odometer. I am also looking for some answers
apart from tyre manufactured date, in some cases we can ask for the complete service history, showing the last service date & kilometer reading, if they match with the routine interval, chances of tampering are low. however this method is not useful for 3+ years or older cars since very few people actually follow the service routine at the authorised company dealers. Instead they try to save money by just changing oil & brake bleeding done at local workshops. WHEEL ALIGNMENT TRICK.
Wheel alignment is usually offered as a part of the pre-delivery service offered by the dealer. But why are they anyway doing it?
Reason 1: To convince you that the price they are offering is total "PACKAGE"
pre-delivery service + wheel balancing + alignment + AC service etc etc
Reason 2: THE REAL REASON MOST OF THE TIME, is to avoid highlighting any hidden issues with the car. like lower apron damage/counterfit arms replaced etc. more on this later.
REASON 3: Getting the wheel alignment done at outside shops can sometimes reveal disturbing facts, which might get the customer angry & walk back towards the showroom asking for a refund. APRON - KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS IS A MUST.
Unlike Scorpio, Sumo, Qualis kind of cars, most of today's cars are monocoque, meaning they dont have a seperate ladder type beam to depend on. Their structure itself is pretty hard, strong & weight saving.
In most monocoques, it is a combination of sheet metals punched together + pillars + stepney wheel well + cross members + APRONS + etc etc that together form as a strong single chassy.
The APRON is the front wheel well area, any work done in this area simply means the car has no/very little value. The two aprons are like the shoulderbone for the whole car. wheel alignment is very much dependant on the integrity of these two. A FACTORY PAINTED CAR (apron area especially) will not rust for atleast 6 - 7years minimum. However if any welding/ part replacement/ tinker work has been done. it starts to rust. sample pic below from a Maruti car.
The resale value of a 2009 model Alto Lxi is approx. 1,80,000/- assuming that there is no apron work/ similar chassy related works.
The resale value of the same Alto is no more than 1,40,000/- under any circumstances if the apron is tampered. If the apron is replaced, the value still plunges. Most certified cars will have genuine factory given, untampered APRON cars.
However their honesty is tested when a car with a bent APRON is bought knowingly/unknowingly. A bent apron can cause lots of problems in the short & long runs
1. Steering & wheel alignments issues
2. suspension life & noise
3. actual working of the crumple zone etc
The easiest way to tackle the issue is to adjust the camber settings & get the wheel aligned. This way the dealer saves over 20K easily. Replacing APRON is too costly, replacing lower arm wont help much, car-o-liner machine is as good as its operator. This is one of the main reasons for the FREE WHEEL ALIGNMENT OFFER.
My own company has sold off atleast handfull of cars every quarter with the wheel alignment trick. Till the first one year/2/3free services are utilised the customer wont visit any wheel alignment shop (most probably) hence the truth is hidden for long enough for the warranty to expire.
The term accident means different to each one of us. The showroom limits it to the chassy & ignores everything else.
PATHETIC BUYBACK RATES FOR SOME CARS:
1. FIAT PALIO - 50,000/-
2. OPEL (any car) - 40,000/-
3. INDIGO PETROL - 60,000/- to 1.20lacs irrespective of the condition
4. M800 type 1 - 20,000/- max
5. Alto Std - 75,000/- max
6. VERSA - expect no more than 1.30lacs
7. EECO - 2012 DEC MODEL - less than 90 days old - 2.60lacs highest (worst) offered till date.
8. FORD IKON 1.3 - 75K, Ikon 1.8 - 60K
Despite the sad buy back/ exchange prices still customers sell their cars to us. mainly because of the PARENT COMPANY BRANDING. The parent company takes a share (in our case 35% of net profit of each certified car) in every deal.
The parent company also makes money in warranty offered, accesories sold, insurance renewal & also in finance in some cases.