Sully’s Auto Repair

Providing Huntington Beach car owners with quality automotive services and repairs since 2003

Sully’s Auto Repair - Providing Huntington Beach car owners with quality automotive services and repairs since 2003

Odometer Rollback On Your Huntington Beach CA Auto


How do Huntington Beach motorists know if an odometer is telling the truth?

Well, back in ’86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect CA consumers against mileage fraud. It says a CA seller must certify the mileage reported is the Actual Mileage.

To have your odometer checked in Huntington Beach CA, stop by Sully’s Auto Repair:

Sully’s Auto Repair
Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (714) 841-1245

If it isn’t, the seller must say why; like maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 miles and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.

If the seller tells you the mileage isn’t accurate, there’s not much chance of putting a good number to it; And there’s the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it’s not so. What can Huntington Beach auto owners do?

First, you can go to www.CarFax.com, where for a small fee, they’ll give you a comprehensive vehicle history search on your SUV, showing local Huntington Beach, CA ownership history, accident reports, total-loss events, manufacturer buybacks, Lemon reports and warranty status.

Huntington Beach auto owners can get a mileage history by checking with the local CA DMV (or wherever you happen to be) and other verified sources looking for inconsistencies in the mileage reported when the car’s bought and sold. If there are signs odometer rollback, now you’ll now.

If so, proceed with caution. Or, negotiate a lower price. Or just walk away. There’s always another.

What To Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Huntington Beach

So you’ve bought a used car in the Huntington Beach area. Do you know what you’re getting? It is hard to know what you’re getting because people in the Huntington Beach area sell cars for different reasons. Think about why you’ve sold cars. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from. Maybe it was a little of both.

Used cars in CA with 25,000 to 35,000 miles on them are often lease returns, Buena Park corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most Huntington Beach buyers feel pretty confident about these because they’re newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?

Huntington Beach car owners who are planning to own a car for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid pricey repairs down the road. But, if you know you’re only going to have the car for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would be easy to think that skipping an oil change here and there wouldn’t ruin a brand new engine. Then it’ll be someone else’s problem when it comes time to pay for the damage.

It is very tempting for Huntington Beach car owners to skip the 30,000 mile service if they know they’ll be turning in their leased vehicle in a couple of months.

If the vehicle didn’t come with maintenance records, Huntington Beach used care buyers need to assume the worst. Most likely the coolant system and transmission have never been serviced. The cabin air filter has probably not been changed and a fuel system cleaning at Sully’s Auto Repair may be in order.

You’ll want Sully’s Auto Repair to check the A/C, battery, engine air filter, serpentine belt and hoses. A used car inspection at Sully’s Auto Repair is well worth the cost.

And if your “new” used vehicle has more miles on it, an inspection is even more essential. Check your owner’s manual or talk with your friendly Sully’s Auto Repair tech (call (714) 841-1245) about what should have been done. Please don’t forget the timing belt; that can be very expensive if it fails.

Sully’s Auto Repair will help you with a plan to take care of critical services and get the rest caught up. If your budget won’t allow you to take care of everything right away, we can help you prioritize your needs and get it taken care of over the next several months. And remember to keep your vital maintenance records. They’ll help you get top dollar on the CA used car market when it’s time for you to sell.

Sully’s Auto Repair
17152 Palmdale Ln.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 841-1245