Annual report 2019: some remarkable facts

Annual report 2019: some remarkable facts

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.

In 2019 821.799 Car-Pass documents were delivered. 1,454 cases of odometer fraud came to light. On average, the odometer readings were decreased by more than 61,000 kilometers. A 1989 Mercedes 250 D underwent a very drastic rejuvenation cure and saw its odometer reading fall "miraculously" by 520,000 km.

We notice a remarkable increase in the number of imported used vehicles. Last year, their market share was 11.7%, almost doubling in 4 years. The profile of these imported cars differs significantly from that of Belgian vehicles. This mainly concerns gasoline cars (56,1% vs. 38,6% for Belgian cars) and 45% are younger than 24 months (vs. 12%).

In 2019 the market share of young used cars (less than 24 months old) was 16%. In absolute figures, this represents a 40,000 increase in vehicles over 4 years. This increase is mainly at the expense of the 5 to 9 year segment. Remarkably, the introduction of the LEZs has hardly had any impact on the sales of older and therefore the most polluting vehicles (10 to 24 years old). More than one used vehicle in three is in this category. The average age of all vehicles for which a Car-Pass was delivered in 2019 was 8.9 years.

When analyzing the mileage at the time of issue of the Car-Pass, we notice that the segment up to 50,000 km has grown by a quarter in 4 years and now represents 28%. Over 34,000 Car-Passes were issued for almost-new vehicles with a mileage below 1,000 km. Nevertheless, there was also large interest in vehicles with high mileage. Almost 30 % is sold with a mileage over 150,000 km. In 2019, the average mileage when a Car-Pass was issued was 108,948 km.

Car-Pass also receives a notification when a vehicle has been scrapped in a Belgian certified center. It turns out that an end of life vehicle has travelled an average of 190,000 km before demolition.

The Car-Pass data also gives an accurate impression of the annual mileage of cars of a particular make. With an average mileage of 27,662 km/year, Tesla drivers are the high-rollers. Tesla cars are mostly young (an average 2 years) and are mostly bought for professional use. This explains the high annual average. It is safe to conclude that high mileage should be no problem for an electric car. Volvo and Audi take the silver and bronze for high annual mileage at 22,425 and 21,390 km respectively.

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