I work for an insurance company, and last year I had a total loss for a vehicle that was struck by lightning. I was able to turn the car on for 3 seconds, at which time ALL of the electronic components went haywire (wipers going, washer fluid squirting, horns blaring, headlamps flashing, radio blasting). I was able to see the odometer reading before the car shut off (90,530 miles).
Now, 10 months later, the customer has called saying her lienholder is charging her for excessive mileage. The customer is claiming she thinks the lightning strike CHANGED HER ODOMETER READING! First she says she saw it happen from her apartment window, then she says she was standing right next to the car and when she opened the door she saw all of the numbers on the dashboard “rolling”. She needs us, the insurance company, to say that it is POSSIBLE for the lightning strike to have changed mileage her odometer displayed.
So, thoughts? Would/could a lightning strike change the number reading on the odometer? If anything, wouldn’t it fry the computer and/or the display?