Re:Japanese Odometer Check
^ large bumpage?!
I definitely noticed this when shopping for an EVO 5/6/6.5 in 2011..
There was a hilariously obvious amount of ones at dealers in Australia with ~54,000km on them. Yet I was shopping the auctions and dealers in Japan looking for the right car, and those cars just didn't exist.
They weren't 'wound back' a huge amount, as most were likely ~100k or so.. but whats the point?
I imported mine, and sold it a year later with the Auction sheet showing the KM. In fact, you have to have the de-reg and other paperwork when importing the car; so if a dealer/importer can't at least show you this (or they 'lost' it - wtf?), then they're lying.
Trouble is then also with the first private owner in Australia. Once they've pulled off that spark plug cover and seen the 100k timing belt service 7 years ago, they're likely to forget to mention that little detail when it comes time to sell....