2020 was a very special year, but thanks to the strong recovery of the second-hand market, the loss for the non-profit organization Car-Pass remained very limited. The non-profit organization was even able to step up the fight against odometer fraud involving imported vehicles.
Didier Perwez is the new chairman of the board of Car-Pass
The Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Car-Pass has today elected Didier Perwez (chairman Traxio) as its new chairman. He succeeds Philippe Mertens (Beherman group) who, after 9 years of presidency, has been granted the title of honorary president.
The Car-Pass non-profit has published its annual report. Below the most striking figures are listed:
• Biggest odometer fraud: the odometer of a Mercedes 250 D (1989) was rolled back with 520,881 km
• The number of imported pre-owned cars has doubled in 4 years.
• Significant increase in the number of young and low mileage used cars.
• End of life vehicles have driven on average 190,000 km.
• With an average mileage of 27,662 km/year, Tesla drivers are the high rollers.
Annual report 2018 - Number of imported pre owned cars increases, so does the risk for odometer fraud.
In 2018, 819,345 Car-Pass documents were issued, 1 out of 10 for imported vehicles. The number of Car-Passes issued for imported vehicles has increased by 50% over the past 3 years. To counter odometer fraud with those vehicles, as from 1 January 2020, the manufacturers and importers must share the odometer readings registered in their central database with Car-Pass when a pre-owned vehicle is imported into Belgium.
European Parliament calls Commission to tackle odometer manipulation
The European Parliament approved with a vast majority a set of recommendations to the European Commission to crack down on odometer tampering of used vehicles. It pleads for technical requirements for vehicles to prevent odometers from being easily manipulated, but it also emphasises that all Member States should have national mileage registers and engage in cross-border exchange of data from those registers.
A study for the European Parliament calls for concerted action against mileage fraud
A study for the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee (TRAN) which has just been released identifies concrete recommendations on how to end mileage fraud in the EU. It finds that up to 50% of the second-hand cars sold in some countries have a manipulated odometer. It highlights the remarkable economic profits fraudsters make from this deceptive practice which costs consumers dearly and has profound negative effects on safety and on the environment.
The impact of 10 years Car-Pass on the second-hand market in Belgium - goal achieved!
The conclusions of this study by PwC commissioned by Car-Pass are crystal clear: thanks to the Car-Pass system, mileage fraud in Belgium has to all intents and purposes disappeared. What’s more, consumers and stakeholders alike said that they have gained more trust in the second-hand market since the introduction of the Car-Pass certificate, and that competition is much fairer. So this means that Car-Pass has already achieved its most important goal!