You are required to give the buyer a Car-Pass unless the buyer is a professional vehicle dealer. If you don't, the sale is invalid and the buyer afterwards can request a full refund. Always ensure that the buyer signs for his copy of the Car-Pass.
Before you sell the vehicle, a used-vehicle inspection has to be carried out. If you don't, the buyer will not be able to register it. Ask for the Car-Pass when you go for the inspection. The inspector will record the odometer reading and print out a Car-Pass.Find a vehicle inspection station near you
Do you think there is an error on your Car-Pass? Then ask for a rectification.An error on your Car-Pass?
The price of the Car-Pass is set at 8,90, including VAT. If fewer than four odometer readings are shown, the Car-Pass is free. Do you have a Car-Pass that is less than 2 months old? You do not have to ask for a new one.
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Below you will find the answer to frequently asked questions by sellers.
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:
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. You'll find the inspection centres on http://www.rendezvouscontroletechnique.be/goca .
It's not necessary to present the vehicle for a full inspection in order to get a Car-Pass. You can also obtain the document at the counter of any inspection centre. The vehicle will have to be physically brought in, however. Indeed, the Vehicle Identification number (VIN) and the odometer reading must be recorded before a Car-Pass document can be issued.
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 vehicle to a foreign private person, you are also required to provide a Car-Pass.
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.
How much does a Car-Pass cost?
The price of the Car-Pass is set at 8,90 EUR, including VAT.
If fewer than four odometer readings are shown on the certificate, the Car-Pass is free.
Can I check the authenticity of a Car-Pass?
The Car-Pass is printed on special paper that contains a hologram to make counterfeiting and fraud much more difficult. Do you suspect your document is a forgery or the odometer readings are incorrect? You can scan the QR code or fill in the identifcation number here. What you will see on the screen should match with the data on the document. If this isn't the case or if you get an error message, then most probably the document is a fraud or has expired since quite some time.
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.
What information do I need to provide in an advertisement for a used car?
Professional dealers offering second-hand vehicles for sale will be obliged to display the information that appears on the Car Pass in the advertisement and in the showroom. These dealers can retrieve this information from the Car-Pass website, together with a unique link to a web page containing the relevant information. This link must be inserted into an online advert. It’s also possible to print off the vehicle history for customers visiting the showroom.
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