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Are the miles real? #745963
March 06th 2019 9:52 am
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I see vans being listed as original as to what is on the odometer, or auction sites listing the odometer reading but not original, and people don't know how to tell if it has been turned over.

This is not definitive but is acceptable way to tell.

Look at the odometer. If the numbers are not lined up straight across it is a good indicator of it turning over. If they are zig zag up and down across, very good indicator of being turned over. If it is getting ready to turn over and reads something like 65,999, the numbers will usually curve upwards, when it does turn over they will line up again.

Another way was to look at the rubber on the pedals to see how much wear.

I'm sure there are others but these may help. Buyer beware.

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Re: Are the miles real? [Re: Marcela] #745989
March 06th 2019 10:10 pm
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I like to look at interior condition in general. If it's in good looking shape (minimal/even color fading, cracks in plastic, etc), and all original pieces that's a big sign. Exterior can be much harder to gauge by IMO. Something 40 years old with 70,000 can still look a little rough outside if it's never been garage kept. Same for engine condition. You can look for a relative amount of cleanliness, lack of dirt buildup, etc. I used to always look for lack of fluid leaks, but again, even with only 70k or whatever, a 40 year old valve cover gasket is sure allowed/able to leak a little in my book. lol!

- Rich


1991 Dodge B250 Zephyr Conversion. "Bi-frost" 74,000-ish original miles and counting.
- 318TBI; has headwork and other bolt on upgrades. Runs strong and smooth!
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Re: Are the miles real? [Re: Marcela] #745996
March 07th 2019 1:45 pm
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Good advice Marcela and Rich.
It can be tough to tell. If it's so clean or in such good shape you can't tell then you have to look at the price and the seller. If the seller is asking for a premium price for extra low miles then they should be able to provide some type of proof. They shouldn't just expect a buyer to take their word for it.
I've seen 70's and 80's vans where the seller advertises that he's not 100% sure of the miles but invites the buyer to look and form their own opinion and make an offer.
And you're right Marcela the prices for the 70's and 80's seem to be rising over the last few years. It also seems to me that, on my end of the country, I see more and more people shopping and buying below the rust belt and then hauling 'em back home.

My 2%

Last edited by CatFish; March 07th 2019 1:47 pm. Reason: kant spel no good

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Re: Are the miles real? [Re: Marcela] #745998
March 07th 2019 2:03 pm
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Re: Are the miles real? [Re: Marcela] #746006
March 07th 2019 7:57 pm
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I generally do not care about mileage, I care about the body. Living in the Midwest, body work is way more of a PITA than mechanical work. I also tend to buy only original paint vehicles so it is easier to tell body condition.

I also do what Catfish is seeing. I just acquired a little '96 Tacoma from Texas, original owner, zero rust and original but sun-baked paint, lots of documentation, 196,000 on the odo and it runs like a champ. Flew to Houston, put on two new tires, changed oil and drove it back to Chicago. At 196K, it is just getting broken in!

To all you rust-belt vanners, if you want rust-free, be prepared to head south or west and be prepared to pay. Well worth it IMO.

Re: Are the miles real? [Re: Marcela] #746208
March 15th 2019 6:16 am
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It can be because my friend works in towing company Rite Way Towing NYC, he drives alot he was telling me that we drive alot he told me last month about 61,200 miles he drove.. so it can be real.


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