Car-Pass : We are checking a car from Belgium
Some countries have implemented a very scrupulous data collection system for vehicles driving their roads. One of these countries is Belgium – Car-Pass certificate (functioning in this country) is a source of information facilitating the verification of the car’s history.
In order to eliminate frauds in car trade, Belgians created in 2006 a very accurate database about cars. Each registration inspections and vehicle repair that costs more than 125 Euro must be recorded in the appropriate system. At the same time, the service provider indicates the mileage from the date of entry. This largely eliminates or at least reduces the maneuvering area for dishonest sellers. Therefore, the Belgian secondary market is very tempting for beginner “traders”, who are uninitiated in the secrets of this industry and for people, who look for an interesting used car on their own. Furthermore, cars in Belgium are usually very well maintained and regularly serviced, because Belgian registration inspections are extremely restrictive – as many as 1 out of 5 cars must be “repaired” after the technical inspection.
How to check and what will you get?
CAR-PASS certificate is a summary of the entire available vehicle history. The first registration inspection should take place 4 years after the first registration, then every year. Furthermore, each repair, change of owner and other interventions are recorded in the database. Car-Pass is issued to the car owner at his or her request and it is valid only for 2 months. You can view the content of this certificate for 3 months at the following website: https://professionals.car-pass.be/. Each owner, who wants to sell a car in his or her country, must possess the Car-Pass certificate that is preceded by a thorough inspection of a car. If the car passes the inspection successfully, the owner will receive a green certificate. On the other hand, a red document means that the inspection was not passed. The documents are printed on a special paper what causes that they are difficult to counterfeit. However, falsification is not impossible – some people, who import cars from Belgium, try to make a certificate in their own way. If the document is not attached to the car – be more vigilant. This may mean that a car is in a poor condition and due to problems with the completion of the Belgian inspection the only hope for further resale is its export (then the owner is not obliged to carry out an inspection and generate the Car-Pass). An even if the car is in a good condition, the lack of Car-Pass can be a good motive for negotiating the price.
Facilitation, but not warranty
The Belgian data collection system is an example of effective prevention of fraud concerning the „correction” of odometer readings. The Car-Pass certificate allows you to track the history of car’s mileage and verify whether the sold car has undergone a thorough technical inspection. Unfortunately – even such an advanced system is not a warranty for the occasional purchase of a used car. The problem is that the “dead certs”, with clear history and a positive result from the inspection, are usually expensive. Therefore, in practice, the majority of cars imported from Belgium have many questions marks or (worse) a counterfeit document instead of fresh Car-Pass.
Another and often better method to check a car (also from Belgium) is to check the vehicle with VIN number.