Is it necessary to perform a technical inspection when buying or importing a vehicle?
If you buy a second-hand vehicle that is more than 4 years old, you will be asked for a valid technical inspection certificate before you can register it. Don't forget to ask the seller, otherwise the administration will ask you to carry out a new technical inspection.
If you buy your vehicle from a dealer in Luxembourg, the administrative procedures such as technical inspection and the fitting of licence plates are usually taken care of by the seller, who will hand over a ready-to-drive vehicle.
If you import your vehicle or purchase it abroad, in principle, the technical inspection certificate of a vehicle previously registered in another Member State of the European Union or in Switzerland is valid for registration in Luxembourg.
Please note that the foreign inspection certificate must respect the period of validity provided for by Luxembourg law. Let's take the example of France, where the law allows a period of 2 years between each technical inspection. If you wish to import from France a vehicle that is more than 6 years old and whose last technical inspection was carried out a year and a few months ago (certificate still valid under French law), the Luxembourg administration will ask you to undergo a new inspection (period of validity in Luxembourg: 1 year)