Tough Questions about whether a man selling a car on-line is guilty of odometer fraud

Cobb Police


CBS Atlanta News questioned the current owner of a 1995 Nissan Maxima in Cobb County on Wednesday.

He's selling the car on Craigslist for $3,500 and with just 140,000 miles.

He bought the car from Stewart Smith a month earlier. Smith said he sold the car with 241,000 miles.

"It's been 10 years since it had 141,000 miles on it," Smith said.

In fact, Smith's Craigslist posting from July included a photograph of the odometer.  You can only imagine what he thought when he noticed his old car was for sale again with 100,000 fewer miles.

"My initial thought was with the lower mileage I certainly hope is a typo and apparently as your investigation found out, it is not," Smith said.

So CBS Atlanta's Adam Murphy tracked down the new owner and seller of the car to ask him about it.

"Did you commit odometer fraud?" asked CBS Atlanta Reporter Adam Murphy.

"No I did not, I'm not comfortable with the camera please," the seller said.

"Well I think you have some explaining to do with this vehicle here sir," Murphy said.

The seller could not explain the change in mileage. Smith, on the other hand, showed us an Emission Report from last August showing the car had well over 200,000 miles on it at the time.

So CBS Atlanta News called the police, but before they could arrive the two men got in another car and drove off. They were last seen driving off in a golden Lexus, license plate number BPR 7817.

"I'm hugely disappointed because obviously there's criminal intent here with tampering and odometer fraud and misrepresentation," said Smith.

Cobb police are investigating the incident and they are looking for the Lexus the seller drove off in.

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