An application to avoid tampered meters of used cars?

Since 2021, the HistoVec system introduced in France theoretically makes it possible to limit as much as possible tampered odometer fraud on used cars. Remember that this system requires that the mileage of your car be shown on a dedicated website each time you pass the technical inspection. A good way to limit fraud of this kind, but the brand Odopass explains that it wants to go further in terms of security on the subject thanks to its smartphone application, recalling in a press release that this HistoVec barrier does not prevent fraudsters from tampering with their odometer between technical inspections every two years.

The principle of the Odopass application, which is supposed to limit tampered odometer fraud as much as possible
The principle of the Odopass application, which is supposed to limit tampered odometer fraud as much as possible

How does Odopass intend to go further? Via an application, its users are invited to take a photo of their odometer every month with the phone, then send the photo to their online Odopass account, previously authenticated on presentation of their identity document and the vehicle registration document. corresponding. The mileage is then “certified” by Odopass on a regular basis, with data stored virtually in a blockchain register.

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Knowing that this system does not theoretically prevent the user from tampering with his counter each month before taking the photo with the application, nor does it oblige him to send photos every month, we still have a little trouble see how this system could guarantee total inviolability. Odopass explains that it is inspired by Belgian regulations, where the “Car pass” system obliges professionals to record and declare the mileage of vehicles during each maintenance measure carried out. But in the case of Odopass, the verification mode only depends on the good will of the user and his reliability. In short, it is more of a tool to build trust with potential buyers, which at least has the merit of making fraud more difficult on paper.

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