How we perform tests

All objects sold through our marketplace kvdauctions.com have undergone what is known as a KVD Test. The KVD Test is a standardised test performed by professional technicians who are employed by KVD. The test is performed in different ways, depending on what kind of object is being sold. 

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How we test cars

The KVD Test on a car includes an examination of the engine, gearbox, brakes, tyres, equipment and interior. Any damage to the car, such as scratches or chippings, is documented in text, and in the event of significant visual deviations from the car’s standard condition, photos are also taken. All cars are test driven at various speeds, revolution speeds and loads.

When the KVD Test is documented, grades are used on a scale of one to five to describe the car’s condition, in terms of both bodywork and interior. The grades take the age and mileage of the car into consideration. This means that a nearly-new car that has only driven a few kilometres might have an average grade of 3, while a six-year-old car with 120,000 km has a grade of 4.

Grading the bodywork/paintwork and interiors

A car that is used in traffic suffers chippings, dents in the doors and small scratches in normal use. In the same way, the car’s interior will wear in normal use, which means that the car will have scratches on interior fittings, marks on textiles and the fabric will wear. When grading bodywork/paintwork and interiors, we therefore assume that a car in normal condition has such cosmetic faults on the bodywork, the paintwork and inside. The grades used in the KVD Test are based on the following descriptions:  

Grade 1 – Repair object: the car is very worn and has damage that requires repair.

Grade 2 – Below normal condition: the car is worn and worse than an average car of the same age and mileage.

Grade 3 – Normal condition: the car has been adequately looked after and is on a par with an average car of the same age and mileage.

Grade 4 – Good condition: the car has been well looked after and is better than an average car of the same age and mileage.

Grade 5 – The car has been very well looked after and is much better than an average car of the same age and mileage.;

In certain cases the grades may be qualified with a minus sign (-). This means that the condition is slightly worse than the grade quoted.

How we test machines and HGVs

The KVD Test on machines and HGVs includes an examination of the engine, gearbox, brakes, tyres, equipment/tools and interior. The hour meter/odometer is checked, together with any documentation of service history, inspection records and manuals. The test is standardised, although it varies depending on what kind of vehicle or machine is being checked. The KVD Test always documents any faults and defects over and above normal wear, for subsequent inclusion in the object description for the vehicle/machine on our website. This means that you, the bidder, know the condition of the vehicle or machine for which you’re placing a bid.

Grading the bodywork and interior

During the KVD Test we grade, among other things, the interior, bodywork, tyres and rims. It is assumed that a certain level of wear is normal, depending on the age and mileage/hours registered for the HGV or the machine. The grades used in the KVD Test are based on the following descriptions:

Grade 1 – Repair object: the vehicle/machine is very worn and has damage that requires repair.

Grade 2 – Below normal condition: the vehicle/machine is worn and worse than an average vehicle/machine of the same age and mileage/hours.

Grade 3 – Normal condition: the vehicle/machine has been adequately looked after and is on a par with an average vehicle/machine of the same age and mileage/hours.

Grade 4 – Good condition: the vehicle/machine has been well looked after and is better than an average vehicle/machine of the same age and mileage/hours.

Grade 5 – the vehicle/machine has been very well looked after and is much better than an average vehicle/machine of the same age and mileage/hours.