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Can you sell a used car without a roadworthiness test?

Verified 18 January 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

You can sell a car (VP) without providing proof of technical control in the 2 cases :

  • The car under 4 years
  • You sell it to a garage or dealer

If sell vehicle of over 4 years, a technical inspection shall be carried out unless the periodic inspection of the vehicle has been carried out in last 6 months.

You must give the future owner proof of technical control.

Indeed, proof of control is indispensable to the buyer for register vehicle.

Reminder

technical inspection is mandatory for most vehicles.

Vehicles subject to technical inspection

Vehicle type

Technical inspection required?

Private Vehicle (VP)

Yes

Utility

Yes

Camper with a maximum permissible gross vehicle weight (PTAC) of 3,5 t

Yes

Camper with a PTAC greater than 3,5 t

Yes

Heavyweight

Yes

Collection vehicle put into circulation from 1960

Yes

Collection vehicle used as a chauffeured transport car (VTC)

Yes

Collection vehicle released before 1960 and with a maximum TAC of 3,5 t

No

Collection vehicle with a PTAC greater than 3,5 t

No

Car without licence

No

Motorcycle, 2 wheels and 3 wheels

No

Motor quadricycle

No

Caravan with a PTAC of 3.5 tons or less

No

Agricultural tractor

No

Trailer with a TAC of 3.5 tons or less not used for the transport of dangerous goods

No

Car registered in diplomatic or similar services

No

Car registered in the FFECSA series (French Forces and civilian elements stationed in Germany),

No