Originally Posted by JHE757
Does anyone know if there is a legal procedure to reprogram the electronic odometer? Can a dealer even do it?
I don't know about DIY reprogramming, but a quick Google search turned up a number of retailers selling and/or offering such services, so I'd imagine a reasonably-sized dealership wouldn't have any trouble doing it.
A quick note from Click and Clack:
"Most states require you to notify a buyer if you have reason to believe that the odometer does not reflect the actual mileage of the vehicle. That way, you're not actively committing fraud."
It might just be acceptable (if you don't mind the inaccuracy of having a wrong odometer) to run up to the last place you had your car serviced before you changed out the panel and have them print out a new copy of the invoice with the date and mileage on it. Staple it to a copy of the receipt from your new junker panel, and the next time you get your car serviced, staple that invoice to it too. Then stick it in your glovebox until you sell it. It might be over a few months' time, but I doubt a potential buyer would care about a few hundred mile inaccuracy. On the contrary, they'd probably be surprised you cared that much