- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) - State officials say a Lynnwood car dealership swapped out the odometer on a used vehicle before selling it so the vehicle appeared to have lower mileage.

The Washington Department of Licensing tells KING-TV (https://kng5.tv/1S6NPKW) in a story Friday that Car Craft Auto Sales in Lynnwood made the switch on a 2003 Subaru Outback purchased by Lauryn Bates.

Bates says when she tried to sell the vehicle several years later the odometer said 163,954.

A prospective buyer obtained a vehicle history and found the vehicle had 181,289 miles three years earlier, and opted not to buy the car.

Car Craft Auto Sales owner Gus Trefault says he thought he was exempt from odometer laws or telling customers because the car was 10 years old.

State officials say he’s not exempt.

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Information from: KING-TV, https://www.king5.com/

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