042

Talking nonsense

Vehicle inspections are no laughing matter for anyone who urgently needs their car. But sometimes it can be pretty amusing for the TÜV SÜD inspectors. The ten most ludicrous excuses from 50 years of vehicle inspections

Sometimes his work is funny: This inspector from the 1970s listens to a customer’s excuse with a good sense of humor.
Photo: INTERFOTO

A classic situation: It’s time to take a car in for its general inspection. How thick is the rust on the fenders? We’ll see what the man from TÜV SÜD says – and how the owner of the vehicle responds. The ten best excuses from more than 50 years of issuing TÜV stickers.

Thousands of people visit one of the nearly 400 TÜV SÜD service centers every year. Their goal: To get a new sticker, which is valid for another two years. The technicians meticulously inspect every car and motorcycle – and give their seal of approval for the next 24 or 36 months. But every once in a while, they pull an old rattletrap off the streets. That’s when the experts at TÜV SÜD get to hear a whole variety of explanations (which, incidentally, they don’t always believe). You can find the best excuses and little white lies in the click chain.