Car Remarketing Association Europe


As you may read on our page Objectives & Activities, we as an association have clear goals about the remarketing industry. Therefore we want to achieve more and deliver what we, our members and partners have all agreed upon. The three main topics we currently are working on:

  1. “Vehicle Data & Correct Mileages”
    The use of car data for remarketing, aftersales, telematic and new mobility services is a topic intensely discussed between OEM’s, Associations, dealers, fleets and end users.
  2. “Transport solution”
    The European remarketing business is growing fast and cross-border trading has become an important part of the business model for many CARA members.
    Efficient transport solutions are necessary for the remarketing industry. Solutions that also reduce the risks of fraud in cross-border trading for CARA-members.
  3. “CARA Academy”
    The vehicle remarketing sector is a very specific part of the automotive business. With the extensive expertise amongst our members we’re developing a CARA Academy that’s aims to deliver best in class training on a range of remarketing topics.

1. Vehicle Data & Correct Mileages

The goal of CARA’s Vehicle Data & Correct Mileages work group is to contribute to a regulatory and business framework that enables vehicle-originated data-based service offerings at minimal cost and maximum use for the remarketing sector. CARA establishes its viewpoints to the subjects and promotes these in conjunction with other associations, policy makers and among its members.

An important element of this is a European database to provide trusted mileage information to used car buyers. The work group provides a forum to define the requirements and recommendations of its members and interested parties in the remarketing area to such databases. Both legislative as well as commercial initiatives are considered by the work group. The database will also make sure to respect the GDPR in all markets.

Due to the movement of the EU parliament and expected activity of the EU commission, the work group will focus to develop and expand the standpoint of CARA regarding mileage databased into a wider position regarding free access to vehicle data. This shall ensure that the commercial interest of CARA members to utilize used car data is protected.

Parallel to that, the work group is working with commercial platform providers to ensure commercial mileage databases provide added value to CARA members and the used car market.


Due to the upcoming regulation by the EU commission, CARA focussed on gathering its members and outside stakeholders’ input:

  • What is the legal and commercial framework for access to vehicle-generated car data such as use, mileage, consumption, driving patterns etc. across all EU markets
  • Which data is vital for the remarketing sector to have access to, to enable safety, environmental compliance, and maximum lifetime of vehicles and hence residual values
  • How should a mileage recording database be setup
  • What data should be gathered to comply with EU GDPR
  • Which entities should be allowed or requested to provide data and under what prerequisites these data shall be stored into the system
  • How the data should be made public and how the competitive model shall look like
  • What requirements would have data processors from data providers to transfer and process the data and vice versa
  • Ensure a unique voice of the remarketing community towards the legislator and the key stakeholders
  • Ensure a minimum direct cost approach to CARA members and the industry for providing the data or using vehicle data from 3rd parties
  • Minimize consequential cost of data provision due to data protection / privacy legislation and legacy process adaptations
  • Ensure safety, end-customer- (no fake mileage info), environmental- and data-protection compliance and maximized lifetime of used cars across the EU
  • In the interest of CARA members that are interested to process and publish vehicle and especially mileage data, create an equal level playing field that enables competition for data processors and distributors to ensure low cost and fast penetration of vehicle data bases including correct mileage reading information
  • For CARA members who sell their own cars, retain the competitive advantage of data they have from their cars beyond mileage relevant information to enable them to use this USP when selling cars off their own fleets

Read the CARA Europe Position Paper regarding Mileage Fraud.

2. Transport Solution

The Transport Solution workgroup of CARA aims to contribute to a more efficient transport infrastructure for cross border transports in Europe. Strong international transport networks do not exist yet, leading often to high cost and long lead-times for transport vehicles.

The Transport Solutions Workgroup will identify and share possibilities for the remarketing industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs and lead-times.

As transport processes in Europe are scattered and still paper-based (CMR) there is a significant risk of fraud in cross-border sales processes. VAT-fraud, mileage fraud and avoiding import tax fraud are well known issues in the industry.
The Transport Solutions Workgroup aims to identify and promote supply chain processes that reduce or eliminate the risk of fraud in international cross-border processes.

By doing so the Transport Solutions workgroup aims to define professional standards for the industry.

Read more about E-CMR.

3. CARA Academy

The objective of the CARA Academy work group is to support the education of the automotive sector on remarketing topics. We aim to deliver high quality sessions through face to face training and e-learning modules. The input of our members can surely support a hands on, practical and  field based content.

Find out all about the CARA Acadmy here.