USED car buyers have been warned to beware of shonky sellers winding back odometers, with a report revealing tens of thousands of used cars have been "clocked". The illegal practice is most common in South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland where one in 100 vehicles has been tampered with, according to consumer vehicle research site

The site found that in the year to March, just under 1 per cent of used cars it checked had odometers wound back which, if representative of the national used car market, meant tens of thousands of vehicles were being sold under false pretences.

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