Home Living in Belgium Transport A guide to selling used cars in Belgium
Last update on July 16, 2021
Written by Maikel Dijcks

Did your car break down or are you just sick of paying high maintenance costs? Either way, selling used cars in Belgium is a fairly easy solution. There are, however, things to consider if you want the sale to be a lucrative one.

Sooner or later, every car owner will have to let go of his old friend. Selling a car in Belgium is easy – but only if you know where to go. For example, you can choose to sell your car privately, sell it to a car dealer, or via an online buying site. Every option has its pros and cons, so in the end, it’s up to you.

This article will shed light on the various choices you have as a car seller, and which possibility will give you the greatest benefits


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Sell a car at a dealership

To sell a car fast and easily, you can choose to sell your car to a dealer. Most dealerships in Belgium buy used cars, but you should be aware that dealers often want to make as much profit as they can. Although a sale is guaranteed, the final price will probably be much lower than you had expected.

It’s always a question of negotiation, but you shouldn’t expect a windfall. When selling a car to a dealer, there is also the possibility of a trade-in, in which you simply exchange your old used car for a new vehicle at an attractive price. Simply ask your dealer if you’re keen on this type of sale.

Sell your car online

Many online-based services offer an alternative, easy way to sell used cars. On these websites, you can get a free online car valuation before actually selling your car. After filling in some basic information, such as the make, model, and year of first registration, the online tool calculates the value of your car. Online car-buying platforms in Belgium include:

For an exact value, you can simply book an appointment at a branch near you. A car expert will assess and appraise your car accurately and will take into account any additional features or possible damages. After the evaluation, they give you a final selling price. In this way, you can sell your used car for a competitive market price on the spot.

This quick buying process takes very little effort. In addition, most services include free processing of all paperwork, such as the deregistration of your car. The process and offerings may differ among several providers—different providers may not offer free online appraisals or you have to pay a fee for registrations.

Chances on the private car market

Second-hand cars are plentiful in Belgium. Most cars are sold to private individuals. You can do this in various ways: a friend or a family member will buy it from you or you can place a “for sale“ sign on the car and hope for the best. You may also consider advertising in a car magazine or on a website, such as Vroom or 4Roo. No matter which platform you choose, the way you present your car is your responsibility. The car should have a clean interior and exterior, and the ad should have an appealing description and eye-catching pictures. If you sell your car as an individual, you do not have to calculate VAT on the sale, but there are some things you do need to provide.

If you want to sell a used car in Belgium, you must have a valid roadworthiness certificate (Contrôle technique/Technische Controle) for your car, which must not be more than two months old. This technical inspection is maintained by the GOCA (Groupement des Entreprises Agréées de Contrôle Automobile et du Permis de Conduire/Groepering Van Erkende Ondernemingen Voor Autokeuring en Rijbewijs), an official organization.

The other important document is the Car Pass; you can arrange this at the roadworthiness test center for a small fee. The document states specific information about the car, such as the make, model and date of registration. It also provides the chassis number and the mileage readings of the vehicle. Every garage visit or technical inspection is registered in the central Car Pass computer. This data is important to keep track of your car’s history. It also helps to authenticate the vehicle’s mileage at the date of sale.

The sale is invalid if you can’t provide a Car Pass. The buyer then has the option to withdraw from the purchase. Further information is on the Car-Pass website.

Essential documents you need to sell a car

To ensure the successful sale of your car, ensure that you have the following documents in order:

  • Bill of sale
  • Registration certificate
  • Demande d’immatriculation – formulaire rose/Inschrijving van voertuigen) – a request for registration
  • Roadworthiness certificate
  • Contrôle technique – a certificate of vehicle roadworthiness
  • Certificat de conformité – a certificate of conformity
  • Certificate of installation of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), if necessary
  • Car Pass
  • Service record

Always protect yourself with a sales contract, which includes all the details of the sale and helps avoid scams.

What is the best way to sell a car in Belgium?

The best way to sell a used car in Belgium depends entirely on your desires, needs and the amount of effort you are willing to put in. When you choose to sell your car privately, keep in mind that the preparation that goes into advertising and organizing test drives with possible buyers will cost you a lot of time. Furthermore, you should be aware of scammers when you sell your car privately. Keep an eye out for unscrupulous people. Buying websites or car dealers can promise you a fast and easy way to get rid of your car, but the price can be disappointing. Choose which aspects are most important for you: time, effort or price. If you know the true value of your vehicle, you can always make the best out of a car sale.