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About a year ago (?) the odometer reading on my dashboard "disappeared". I was told it was the cluster that needed to be replaced, and that it would cost me $500. He also said it probably was not worth it to have it replaced, and I did not have the money, so I never did. Now, I have to get a smog check, and I went to a test-only center. The guy there said without an odometer reading, he could not perform the test. I still cannot afford to purchase the part, but I need to have my car smog-checked. So I guess my question is, where can I find a good deal on this part, and how much should I spend?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Emma, You can research local salvage yards, that is an option. There may be some on-line salvage dealers you can call as well. Used parts price can vary upon need and condition. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Emma, It's true in many states, you need to have a working odometer to pass state inspections. You could call around to some local parts stores to see if you can get the part for cheaper. It's possible that a good part of the price you were quoted was for labor. Good luck. Suzanne

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