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What is the difference between an inspection and an MOT (TÜV or HU)?

1 | Legal requirement vs. manufacturer's specification

The general inspection, also known as the TÜV, is required by law. It serves the purpose of road safety and environmental compatibility and ensures that a vehicle is in perfect technical condition.
The inspection is specified by the manufacturer and serves to maintain and care for the vehicle.

2 | Authorized bodies

The general inspection is carried out by authorized inspection bodies such as TÜV or DEKRA.
The inspection is carried out in authorized workshops or independent workshops.

3 | Scope of the inspection & test points

During the general inspection, safety-relevant aspects and environmental compatibility in particular are checked. These include brakes, steering, lighting, axles, wheels, bodywork and exhaust emissions.
The inspection involves comprehensive maintenance of the vehicle in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. This includes, for example, changing the oil, topping up fluids and checking the battery, lighting, electrics, tires, brake pads, etc.

4 | Time intervals

The general inspection usually takes place every two years; as FINN vehicles are registered as self-drive rental vehicles, the general inspection takes place once a year.
Inspections are required at different intervals depending on the vehicle model, often annually or after a certain mileage.

📌 In both cases, we will inform you in good time by e-mail about due dates and scheduling.

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