German automobile trust

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Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH

legal form GmbH
founding February 28, 1931
Seat Ostfildern , Germany
management Helmut Eifert, Jens Nietzschmann, Thilo Wagner
Number of employees 408
sales EUR 54.67 million
As of December 31, 2017

Coordinates: 48 ° 42 ′ 52.5 "  N , 9 ° 16 ′ 20.7"  E

The German Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT) based in Ostfildern is a company founded on February 28, 1931 German global company for the automotive industry.

Its founders and shareholders are the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK) and the Central Association of the German Motor Vehicle Industry (ZDK).

The core business of DAT is the collection and processing of extensive vehicle data as well as the production and sale of SilverDAT II , a computer information system for repair costing and used vehicle evaluation. DAT is also a point of contact for valuing used vehicles.

As the basis for its products, DAT conducts intensive market research in the automotive sector. It also offers numerous services for end users and companies in the automotive industry via the Internet .

As the world's oldest institution for automotive market research, the company has been intensively involved in the used vehicle market since 1931. It also documents the technical vehicle data of all makes. In this way, information about almost the entire life cycle of motor vehicles can be made available in a systematic manner. The know-how is bundled in systems for the creation of repair cost calculations, used vehicle evaluations and residual value forecasts.


Via the data and information system SilverDAT as well as various Internet applications, DAT guarantees the quick availability of the required information and the use of the corresponding processing programs.

These are for example:

  • Vehicle identification based on VIN query and DAT Europe code
  • Repair cost calculations including electronic communication with insurance companies
  • Used vehicle evaluations
  • Residual value forecasts for new and used vehicles
  • SilverDAT Glas, web application for quick glass damage processing
  • FI online: Vehicle repair calculation as a web application
  • Banking line - four systems in one application: evaluation, comparison, forecast for new and used vehicles


The DAT company building seen from the landscape stairs in the south

When DAT was founded in 1931, around half a million vehicles were already on Germany's roads. Many technical inventions, which are the basis for today's state of the art, had already been made. The used vehicle trade was still in its infancy. The global economic crisis forced many automobile manufacturers and trading companies into bankruptcy. The circumstances at the end of the Weimar Republic enabled the associations of the automotive industry to set up DAT as an appraisal organization. By setting used vehicle prices neutrally, DAT was able to make a contribution to securing the automotive industry.

At the end of 2003, the company's headquarters were relocated from Stuttgart- Plieningen to Ostfildern- Scharnhauser Park .

executive Director

  • 1931–1945 Walter Dalchow
  • 1946–1970 Hans-Ludwig Brinkmann
  • 1970–1974 Edgar Lautz
  • 1975–1984 Jörg Dieter Sax
  • 1984–2012 Volker Prüfer

Jens Nietzschmann since 2007, Helmut Eifert since 2012, Jens Nietzschmann (speaker), Thilo Wagner.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Consolidated Financial Statements as of December 31, 2017 in the electronic Federal Gazette