How we test the cars

Buying a car from us at Kvdcars is just as safe as buying a new one. All cars have of course undergone our KVD test – a standardised vehicle test performed by our professional technicians. The car is tested at more than 170 points and is also test-driven approximately 10 km during the test.

Our business concept ensures that the person buying a used car does not have to prepare for unforeseen costs but rather knows the actual condition of the car when buying it. We see to it that both seller and buyer get a good car deal and we neither embellish nor undersell the car in its presentation and advertisement.

The car’s condition is presented through a grading system

The condition of a car that it out on sale through us at Kvdcars is partly described in the form of an overall grade, and there are five different levels:

Test grade 5 eng Test grade 4 eng Test grade 3 eng Test grade 2 eng Test grade 1 eng
The grading is based on the results of the vehicle test we have performed on the car before it is advertised and we use a point system where any deviations or damage to the car result in point deductions. The deduction’s significance for the overall grade differs, however, depending on the car’s age and mileage. A car that is almost new therefore gets a greater point deduction for a scratch than a ten-year-old car with a lot of miles on the clock.
During the vehicle test, the car is tested at 170 points. These are divided into the following five categories:

  • Engine and gearbox
  • Brakes
  • Technology and equipment
  • Body
  • Interior

The judgment of the car’s condition in each category is specified in the car’s presentation. If there is a remark, this is also presented under “See remark”, with text and sometimes an image. In this way, you as the buyer can decide if you think it is something to consider before bidding.

Tread depth is measures and noted

Within the context of the KVD test, the tread depth of the car’s tyres and any extra seasonal tyres is also measured. The tread depth of each tyre is indicated in the car’s presentation in millimetres with red, yellow and green highlighting. Red highlighting means that the tyres need to be changed immediately, yellow highlighting means that the tyres must be changed within the near future and green highlighting means that the tread depth is sufficient for the time being.

For summer tyres the legal requirement is for the car to have at least 1.6 mm tread depth, but a minimum of 3 mm is recommended for a wet road surface. For winter tyres, the law stipulates a minimum tread depth of 3 millimetres.

Tires test illustration