Buyers of used cars will be much better informed thanks to the new Car-Pass.

Buyers of used cars will be much better informed thanks to the new Car-Pass.

As from 1 March 2019, the buyer of a second-hand car will be able to see on the Car-Pass document which European emission standard the car complies with, how much CO2 it emits, whether the vehicle still has to undergo an inspection after an accident. The Car-Pass will give buyers a clear picture of the mileage history as well as information that could influence the decision whether or not to purchase the car. The buyer needs to be informed about the emission standard because it conditions the access to low emisision zones. The CO2 value is a base for taxation and an indicator for the fuel consumption.

The new law also aims to make it more difficult to commit fraud with imported vehicles. That is why the text also contains a provision obliging manufacturers and importers as from 1 January 2020 to inform Car-Pass of the odometer readings available to them when the vehicle is imported into Belgium. These can also be the odometer readings of so-called connected vehicles, which send their data directly to the manufacturer. As from this date the Car-Pass document will also mention if any recall actions still have to be carried out. They can have a decisive influence on road safety and environmental performances.

With this extra information the buyer will have a clearer picture of the used car "of his dreams" and will be better protected from any unpleasant surprises afterwards.

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