A kilometer stopper, also known as a mileage blocker or odometer stopper, is a device designed to pause or block the accumulation of mileage on a vehicle’s odometer. While it’s important to note that the use of such devices for fraudulent activities is illegal and unethical, there are certain legitimate scenarios where a kilometer stopper may have practical advantages.
Let’s pay attention to some potential advantages of a kilometer stopper legal when used for legal purposes. One of the primary legitimate uses of a kilometer stopper is to prevent the accumulation of additional mileage during the transportation of a vehicle for service, maintenance, or delivery. By pausing the odometer, the device helps maintain the accuracy of the vehicle’s true mileage.
For high-value or collectible vehicles, minimizing unnecessary mileage accumulation is crucial for preserving their market value. A kilometer stopper can be employed during transport or other situations where mileage accumulation is not reflective of the vehicle’s actual use.
Vehicles in transit for service or delivery may be subjected to various conditions that contribute to wear and tear. By using a kilometer stopper during transport, the vehicle owner can reduce unnecessary wear:
- on the engine;
- other components.
Preventing additional mileage during transport to a service center can help reduce service costs for vehicle owners. Some service agreements or warranties may have mileage limitations, and minimizing unnecessary mileage ensures that the vehicle stays within these limits. For brand-new vehicles being transported to dealerships or customers, maintaining a low mileage reading is essential to present the vehicle as “new” and potentially enhance its marketability. A kilometer stopper can be used to keep the odometer reading low during transportation.
Some vehicle warranties have mileage restrictions, and exceeding these limits may impact warranty coverage. By using a kilometer stopper during transport for service or repairs, vehicle owners can ensure that their warranty remains valid and fully covers the required work.
Excessive mileage can contribute to the depreciation of a vehicle’s value. Using a kilometer stopper during transport or in other scenarios where mileage is not indicative of regular use can help prevent unnecessary depreciation and maintain the vehicle’s resale value. For businesses managing vehicle fleets, preventing additional mileage during transport can be essential for efficient fleet management. This can help optimize vehicle utilization and minimize wear, ultimately reducing operational costs.
In the context of rental cars, pausing the odometer during transit or while the vehicle is not in use for rental purposes can help avoid mileage charges that rental companies may impose on lessees.