In the UK, we have the M.O.T for keeping our cars roadworthy. The Spanish equivalent of this is the I.T.V, which stands for Inspecciòn Tècnica de Vehiculos.
How Often Should I Have an I.T.V Inspection in Spain?
If your car is less than four years old it does not need to undergo this inspection. Once your car is between four and ten years old, an I.T.V test must be done every two years. Then, when your car is over ten years of age, an inspection must take place yearly.
Motorcycles are treated differently, they are exempt from inspection until they are five years old, then they have to take the test every two years.
The rule for vans is also slightly different. Once they reach the grand old age of ten years, they must have an I.T.V inspection done bi-annually.
Again with caravans (that are towed by vehicles) the rule differs. Once they reach six years of age they must be inspected every two years.
What Documentation do I Need to Take With Me For An ITV Test In Spain?
When you go to the I.T.V office to get the Inspection carried out, you need to take your vehicle registration certificate or your existing I.T.V card and the appropriate fee (they only except cash). The current rates can be found at http://www.veiasa.es/itv/tarifas
The test should also be carried out ten to fourteen days prior to the registration date, which can be found on the green Inspeccion Tecnica Card. At the top of this card you will also find the 'vehicle type'. These are represented as Tourismo (car), Furgon (van) and one that people get confused by, which is 'Mixto Adapta' or 'Vehiculo Mixto Adaptable'( 7 seater cars, that in Spain are classed as vans).
How Much Does an I.T.V Inspection Cost in Spain?
The cost of an ITV test does vary and depends greatly on the vehicle you drive. The prices below are from and in Euros
- Two wheel mopeds - 18.43
- Motorcycles - 33.27
- Cars,vans and campers - 33.51
- Public service vehicles for the transport of people (8 + 1 seats) - 33.51
- Vehicles used to transport goods (MMA<3,500kg) - 36.78
- Vehicles used to transport goods (MMa >3,500kg) - 41.30
- Towed caravans - 36.78
- Agricultural vehicles - 37.56
- Special vehicles - 36.78
You can see all the rates at http://www.veiasa.es/itv/tarifas
Where do I go to Get an I.T.V Inspection?
There are over 50 I.T.V Centers in Andalucia alone, so there must be hundreds across the whole of Spain.
To find your nearest I.T.V Testing Centre visit http://www.veiasa.es/itv/red_de_estaciones
Do I Have to Make an Appointment?
Luckily, things have changed and you no longer need to get to the testing center at the crack of dawn and wait in long queues. You are now able to make an appointment and this has sped things up quite a bit. You can book your I.T.V Inspection online at http://www.itvcita.es
You can also contact them via telephone with the number available on the website above.
What is Tested During a Spanish ITV Test?
Now, actually getting the test carried out, can be quite daunting. If you feel a bit nervous about taking your car yourself, you will find many garages who will take it for you for a small fee.You just drop your car off at the garage and let them do the rest!
Unlike in the UK, where you take your vehicle into an M.O.T garage and leave it for them to do the checks, in Spain you are asked to perform certain tasks in the process.
When you take your car documentation into the I.T.V Office and have paid your fee, you will be given some paperwork. This is to be passed onto the mechanic, who is waiting to start the checks in another building.
You will then be asked to drive your vehicle through several different check points.
The first station check is generally for lights, wipers, indicators,hazards and seatbelts etc, the second station is for wheel alignment and the third station is for hand brakes and brakes and the fourth station is for omissions and oil etc.
You will then be told to park your car and come back for the paperwork.
What Happens if my Car Passes the Test?
If your car passes the inspection you will be presented with your test certificate and a small coloured sticker that has to be displayed in the right hand side of your windscreen. This shows the month and year of when the next test is due.
If you fail to display the sticker and get pulled up by the police, you will be fined on the spot and you will be given ten days to provide proof of passing the test.
What Happens if my Car Fails the ITV Test?
Hopefully it won't, but if it does fail, you will be given back your documentation and the test sheet with a rubber stamp displaying the word 'Disfavorable' and with the reasons for failure. These are not normally discussed with you, so you may need to get out the Spanish/English dictionary if your Spanish is minimal.
You are then given one month to return to the test center with all failures fixed.
If you can get them done and return on the same day, you will not be charged again and if you return with the faults mended within 15 days you will normally be given a discount on the previous test price. If you fail to return within this period you will be charged the full test fee again.
It is important that you do return to the test center, as if you don't they will inform the Department of Traffic that your car is on the road without I.T.V. In other words 'illegally!'
Foreign vehicles can have the I.T.V test carried out but will be issued with a 'Voluntary Certificate'. The ITV station will also not issue a sticker for the windscreen but the certificate itself will serve as proof that the vehicle is roadworthy.
A vehicle that doesn't have a valid ITV is illegal. It may not be safe to drive on the road and may also invalidate any insurance cover.
Important: If a vehicle is in Spain for more than six months it is considered to be permanently imported and must be re-registered on Spanish plates.
Useful vocabulary to help you when getting an I.T.V test
- Headlights - Los faros
- Back lights - Luces traseras
- Brake lights - Luces de los frenos
- Fog Lights - Faros antiniebla
- Left - Izquerda
- Right - Derecha
- Hand Brake - Freno de mano
- Steering wheel - Volante
- Windscreen wipers - Limpia para brisas
- Indicators - Intermitente
- Hazards - Cuatro intermitentes
- Reverse lights - Marcha atras
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