Certificate of Authenticity (CoA)
Since 1978, a total of over 1,150 Donkervoorts have been hand built in Tienhoven, Loosdrecht and Lelystad. This makes every Donkervoort a truly unique specimen with a story all its own. In many cases the cars are maintained and looked after with great pride. Unfortunately, however, not every owner treats their Donkervoort with equal care. Moreover, not every Donkervoort is maintained by the factory, the location in Germany or an approved Donkervoort service point. Some cars are repaired or ‘embellished’ with non-original or non-authentic parts, and damage repairs are not always carried out in accordance with the factory specifications, which may degrade the unique characteristics and handling of a Donkervoort.
The COA is therefore an important document for every Donkervoort. This gives you, the current or future owner, insight into the current state of the car with respect to authenticity, technical condition and appearance – in black and white. The Certificate of Authenticity is also an important benchmark for insurers, appraisers, etc. when it comes to establishing the value of your car.
Benefits of a Certificate of Authenticity
You get a clear picture of the current state of the Donkervoort you own or are considering buying. The Certificate of Authenticity is also beneficial in terms of preserving the value of your Donkervoort, both with your insurance company/appraiser and when selling your car.
Certificate of Authenticity inspection
The COA inspection takes approximately five hours. It involves inspection of over 175 aspects (in 16 categories) by factory specialists, sometimes even under the watchful eye of Joop Donkervoort himself. Based on the findings for each aspect, a score (from 1 to 10) is assigned in each category. The points for the 16 categories are then averaged to calculate a total score for the technical condition, appearance and authenticity of the car. The Certificate of Authenticity is granted when the total score is at least six in all three areas. The COA must be renewed annually.
Please note: Certain categories are considered more important than others for reasons of safety or authenticity. If the score for one of these critical categories is insufficient (<6), a COA will not be issued.
After the inspection you receive three documents:
1. Certificate of Authenticity – the annual renewal will be added to this each year
2. Assessment report – a full report of the individual scores in each category
3. Factory inspection report – a nine-page report containing a detailed description of each aspect of the inspection
Donkervoort sports cars have a large international following of enthusiasts and owners of – and interested parties for – new or used cars. Even though a number of major obstacles in the purchase and sale of cars within Europe have been removed, concerns such as the Dutch BPM, VAT and homologation sometimes cause doubts. That is why a list we are listing the issues that are important for you to be aware of.
Trade-in of cars (including “foreign” brands)
You can trade in your Donkervoort with us. This applies to both our own cars (such as demonstration cars) as to consignment-cars. We also trade in “foreign brands” during the purchasing process of your Donkervoort.
Differences between Dutch and export recommended prices
If two different prices are listed for a car, one as recommended price for sale in the Netherlands and a lower one as recommended price for sale to a party outside the Netherlands, then at the purchase of this car the BPM (Dutch luxury tax) is recovered. The foreign buyer pays a lower price because the BPM or luxury tax is not applicable for him or her.
With the purchase of a car from a private individual or a garage in one of the European member states, you don’t pay any VAT.
If a buyer lives outside the Netherlands and in a European member state, then Donkervoort Automobiles can, for a fee, take care of the homologation and license plate registration in that country. Where possible, in cooperation with the Donkervoort Service point in the country in question.
Do you have other questions or would you like to receive additional information? Please do not hesitate to contact us!