July 16, 2007 at 4:56 pm #53026
I bought my first Spanish car last August and its ITV test is due in October.
Can anyone tell me the procedure for getting this done please.
Will I receive any paper work through the post nearer the time, a reminder perhaps? or an appointment?
Do I just turn up at the ITV center on spec, or do I have to make an appointment?
Along with my reflective jacket and triangle, do I need to have spare bulbs, tools and a first aid kit in the car in order to pass the test?
I would appreciate some advice from those of you who have been through the process.
July 17, 2007 at 9:39 am #73576
We took our car to Torrevieja ITV on the day it was due, with our current ITV. Paid the fee of 54 euros and then wait in line. The car is then given the once over checking lights, emissions and exhaust etc. Back into the office, paperwork stamped and bobs your uncle. A lot less painful than we imagined it would be.
July 19, 2007 at 1:36 pm #73646
Thanks for that. i was unsure as to whether I needed to make an appointment.
July 21, 2007 at 7:31 pm #73711
You don’t “need” to make an appt but you may save yourself a great deal of time if you do! ITV testing centres seem to be horrendously busy this time of year – I’ve been trying to make an appt for a friend for a week’s time, have tried the 4 nearest test centres and none has any appts.
You will probably get a reminder in the post, but don’t rely on it.
Reflective jacket, spare bulbs have never been checked at any ITV test I’ve been to!
Make sure you know all the relevant Spanish words (for indicators, windscreen wipers, hazard lights etc) as it will be you in the car, doing as you are asked by the tester!
Great fun….once you’ve done it once!
July 29, 2007 at 3:01 pm #73812
Thanks for the reply hillybilly. I’ll start brushing up on the technical terms. 😀
August 9, 2007 at 3:13 pm #73932
we took ours last year and it had a couple of problems which would have been definite failures in UK, but weren’t even looked at(inc spare tyre)
parts had been orderd but didnt arrive in time but no probs. it failed as emissions were too high, but they helpfully named a fuel additive that would ( and did ) bring these right down. we had an appointment, and had received a reminder. not appointment for retest, but we were put straight through, ahead of those already waiting.
November 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm #101417
KNOW your Spanish, or take a Spanish friend with you! The lads doing the (very basic) ITV are not diplomats, they have a lot in common with British garage-hands, including lightening-like regional vocabulary. My friend, Mike, was jokingly “banned” for turning all the lights on at once, in his panic. They still passed his car, though.
Good luck with the test…..
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