New Lawsuit Claims Ferrari Allowed Illegal Odometer Rollbacks

Ferrari has been accused of allowing illegal odometer rollbacks in a bombshell lawsuit from a former dealership employee.

Ferrari salesman veteran Robert ‘Bud’ Root is suing Ferrari of Palm Beach, a dealership and a wealthy client after he says he was wrongfully terminated from his position due to age discrimination reasons and after discovering the dealer’s rollback practice.

He alleges that Ferrari’s DEIS Tester diagnostic tool allowed the dealership to roll back the odometers of customer cars so they could be sold for a higher sum. It is reported that Ferrari itself had to authorize any actions using the DEIS Tester and was therefore aware of the rollback scheme.

In the lawsuit, Root also says that a former client, retired Sara Lee chief executive Steven McMillan, payed off a dealership employee to roll back the odometer of his car. The Daily Mail says by winding the odometer of the vehicle back to 0, the value of the LaFerrari hypercar increased by over $1 million.

The lawsuit makes specific mention of a policy from Ferrari itself which instructs its technicians on how to perform a rollback.

“The Ferrari entities published a written policy manual dating back to at least April 2010 specifically detailing how to perform an odometer rollback and expressly authorizing its use. Upon information and belief, this Ferrari policy was used at the Ferrari factory in Italy as recently as March 2015 to instruct Ferrari technicians how to reset to “0″ the odometer on a Ferrari vehicle,” it is alleged.

In a statement, Ferrari of Palm Beach attorney Jason Kairalla said “The dealership does not litigate in the newspaper. Of course, we believe this case is wholly without merit and will be vigorously defended in court.”


  • Tumbi Mtika

    Another masterstroke from Ferrari.

  • BGM

    I believe Ferrari quite capable of this sort of thing.

  • Steve Hatton

    If anyone buys a car no matter whether its a cheap as chips everyday runabout or a supercar and it reads 0 miles/km they should be very suspicious that something illegal has been done to it as all vehicles will have some miles /km on them resulting from movement at the factory /dealership .

    • nastinupe

      I’m sure that they didn’t sell it at 0, but probably put like 300 miles on it after it was rolled back so it looks like the car was only driven a few times. They probably can’t literally roll the miles back, it seems like they can just reset it at 0. Since many Ferrari’s have less than 5000 miles on them, an owner can pay someone to roll back the miles then take the car out of town and come back with 1,200 miles then put the car on the market as slightly used.

  • Six_Tymes

    uh oh

    • smartacus

      automotive equivalent of vaginal reconstructive surgery.

  • ChrisInIL
  • XZKL

    Of course Ferrari will deny this. They wouldn’t want their reputation down, “vigorously defend.” We should be aware to the fact that some companies or even people will take advantage of you until the time they will be caught. Especially with companies like Ferrari, you should always think of the worst thing a company or person can do, “Just do it, they wouldn’t even know.”

    Bam. There I said it.

  • SteersUright

    If this is true, good on Robert ‘Bud’ Root for having the courage to be a whistleblower. Corruption anywhere should never be accepted, as it can soon become the norm.

    • jh

      IT IS THE NORM…. naive people. If you want a profit off of sth you can’t share fair and square. It’s the nature of the game.

      • KenjiK

        Sorry but no.

        Greed and profit are two different things.

  • Ary Wisesa

    If it is true, how disgusting!!!

  • smartacus

    i already didn’t want her after Solomondrin stuck his filth in it

  • sidewaysspin

    Well Ferrari is Italian what do you expect.

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