How important is an odometer reading?

The odometer reading displays the total mileage a vehicle has travelled, serving as a crucial indicator of the car's overall condition and usage. It also allows potential buyers to assess the vehicle's wear and tear, evaluate its value and consider possible mechanical problems in the future, in addition to its remaining lifespan. Additionally, any discrepancy between the odometer reading and the car's actual condition could indicate tampering or 'clocking', an illegal practice of rolling back the mileage to deceive buyers.