The seller is legally required to give you a Car-Pass.

Always ask for your Car-Pass

Are you buying a used vehicle or light van in Belgium? The seller is legally required to give you a Car-Pass. It doesn't matter whether the car is being sold commercially or privately. The Car-Pass shows the odometer reading on different dates. The document may not be older than two months old. If you do not receive a Car-Pass, the sale is invalid and you can request to cancel the contract and a full refund.

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Things you need to watch out for

The more odometer readings there are on the Car-Pass, the more insight you will have into the history of the vehicle. The odometer should increase steadily over time. Does the document show a sudden decline in the odometer reading? That could show that someone has clocked the odometer. You should therefore ask some critical questions to the seller before you buy the vehicle.

Beware of odometer fraud in case of import

Each year tens of thousands of vehicles are imported into Belgium, and of course they don’t necessarily cause problems. But it is important to know that a Car-Pass is only legally required in Belgium. Car-Pass does not receive mileages from garages abroad. The first odometer reading that is recorded in our database is the one that is written down during the import inspection. Unfortunately there are fraudsters who clock the odometers before going to the technical inspection. So be careful before buying a used car that is imported from abroad.

The date of first registration in Belgium will not be filled out or will be more recent than the date of the use. At the bottom of the Car-Pass is mentioned: “This used vehicle was imported from abroad. Car-Pass vzw does not receive any mileage readings for the period during which it was not registered in Belgium.”

Buy a used car online?

The Car-Pass OK label provides extra assurance.

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Every year, more used vehicles are being offered for sale over the Internet. Here, too, Car-Pass plays an important part for both buyers and sellers, thanks to the online Car-Pass OK label. If you see the label in an ad for a used car, it means that the mileage is logical with respect to the history of the vehicle in the database of Car-Pass.

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Do you still have questions?

Below you will find the answer to frequently asked questions by buyers.

What is a Car-Pass?

A Car-Pass is a document that shows the odometer history of a vehicle. It shows the registered odometer readings and the dates when they were recorded. You get a picture of the mileage history of the vehicle and can better judge whether the odometer reading at the time of sale is realistic. The document also contains other information:

  • the make and model of the vehicle;
  • the date on which the vehicle was first registered in Belgium;
  • the Vehicle Identification number (VIN) of the vehicle;
  • the date on which the document was issued;
  • the ID number of the Car-Pass (which makes it possible to check the authenticity of the document);

When do you need a Car-Pass?

Whenever a used car or light van is sold, the seller is legally required to give a Car-Pass to the buyer. It doesn't matter whether the seller is a private person, professional dealer or garage.

The only exception to this rule: if the buyer is a professional, no Car-Pass needs to be provided. 

So if you sell a used vehicule to a foreign private person, you are also required to provide a Car-Pass.

Does another sales document have to be prepared when a used vehicle is sold?

If you are selling a vehicle that has already been registered - if the sale is between dealers or between a dealer and a private person - a sales document must be drawn up.

That document includes the following information:

  • make and model of the vehicle;
  • Vehicle Identification number (VIN);
  • year of first registration;
  • the odometer reading on the date of sale;
  • the sales price;
  • the date of the sale;
  • the identities of both contracting parties;
  • their signature (unless all of the abovementioned information is shown on the sales invoice).

The seller is responsible for preparing that document unless the seller is a private party and the buyer is a dealer (e.g. when trading in a vehicle to buy a new vehicle). In that case, the dealer must prepare the document.

The document must be prepared in duplicate and each party must receive a copy. When the sale of the used vehicle is between private parties, there is no legal requirement to make up such a document. It is advisable to do so, however, to prevent possible disputes in the future.

No Car-Pass provided: what are your rights?

A Car-Pass is legally required. If a private buyer does not receive a Car-Pass, the law gives him the right to have the contract of sale cancelled. If the buyer asks a court to do so, the court will have to rule that the purchase is invalid. The purchase will therefore be considered as not existing and the purchase price will have to be repaid to the buyer.

Where can I get a Car-Pass?

If you want to sell a used car, you have to take it in for a used car inspection. The odometer reading will be prepared and issued automatically on the spot if the car passes the inspection.

It's not necessary to present the vehicle for a full inspection in order to get a Car-Pass. You can also just ask for a Car-Pass.

The vehicle will have to be physically brought in before a Car-Pass will be issued, however. The Vehicle Identification number (VIN) and the odometer reading must be recorded in order to have a Car-Pass made.

How long is a Car-Pass valid ?

The law states that the Car-Pass provided with a used vehicle must be of recent date. In practice, that means that the Car-Pass may not be more than two months old.

Can I check the authenticity of a Car-Pass?

The Car-Pass is printed on special paper with a hologram and a watermark to make counterfeiting and fraud much more difficult. Do you suspect your document is a forgery or the odometer readings are incorrect? You can check the authenticity of your Car-Pass here.

What happens to cars that have been imported from abroad?

For imported vehicles the date of first registration in Belgium will not be filled out on the Car-Pass or will be more recent than the date of the first use. At the bottom of the Car-Pass is mentioned: “This used vehicle was imported from abroad." Car-Pass does not receive any mileage readings for the period during which it was not registered in Belgium, except for imports from the Netherlands. Due to the collaboration with the Dutch RDW, the mileage history recorded in the Netherlands can be shown on the Car-Pass. So except for Dutch cars, you need to be extra carefull when buying an imported vehicle. Vehicles with a well-documented and complete history will offer substantial extra value compared to vehicles with a mileage history that shows gaps.

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