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Did Honda really make odometer fraud that easy?

Preface: tampering with the reported mileage on a vehicle is illegal. The purpose of this thread isn't to be a "how to" but to ask "is there any way to protect yourself as a used car buyer".

I was recently watching a Youtube video discussing buying a used car, and the guy mentioned that something to watch out for is fleet vehicles where they do [redacted] and then do [redacted] when selling the vehicle to make it magically have low miles again. In addition to other exterior and interior changes to make the vehicle appear newer than it really is.

So I went out and did the method that the guy in the Youtube video discussed to see if it would work with our cars, hoping to not set off any alarm bells in the process. Turns worked, and as far as I can tell no alarm bells were set off.

So...this question is more for Honda mechanics who have HDS access....did Honda implement some sort of failsafe for used car buyers to be able to determine if the odometer has been tampered with? It seems like common sense to store the true mileage in the ECU as well as the odometer and to throw up a red flag if the two numbers disagree. Or do you have to look at service records / DMV recorded mileage to be able to guess if there's something fishy going on?

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