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.
The figures in the annual report 2017 prove the efficiency of the Car-Pass system.
When buying a Belgian used car, the probability that the odometer has been rolled back is less than one out of 500. Since Car-Pass and the Dutch RDW have been exchanging mileage information, the number of fraud cases with imported cars from Holland, dropped with 42%. According to the EP, the introduction of a Car-Pass system in all EU Member States is the most efficient solution to deal with odometer fraud and could save European consumers EUR 8,51 billion per year.
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!