How to get your car I.T.V

  An ITV is equivalent to an MOT in the UK, and is required by law, ITV stands for “Inspeccion Tecnica de Vehicles”.  A number of checks are carried out on you car to see if it’s safe to drive and roadworthy. Once your car is 4 years old, you will need to have an ITV done every two years and once it is 10 years old this will be done every year. For motorcycles over five year old, an ITV is needed every 2 years and for caravans over 6 years old, an ITV every 2 years. There are over 45 ITV inspection centres in the Alicante area, and many hundreds in the whole of Spain. You do not need to make an appointment for an ITV, just turn up pay the fee and join the queue. ITV centres can be found on industrial centres (poligono). If you don't have time to do this yourself, you can take your car to a garage where they will do it for you for a small fee.
ITV stations are private companies, but must conform to the current rules and regulations that the government issues, and prices can vary from Province to Province, even town to town. When I last had my car’s ITV it cost around 45.90 € and it failed.  If your car fails its ITV, you have 60 days to get it fixed. The ITV station keeps your car registration document until you return for a retest, and a retest costs another 18:90€. Just like in the UK the test is quite strict with everything being checked - lights, brakes, indicators, tyres, steering, hazard lights, wipers, etc.  The whole test takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and you get that proud feeling when the car passes its ITV.
 
Useful vocabulary
 
Headlights - los faros.
Rear lights - las luces traseras.
Brake lights - las luces de los frenos.
Indicators - Indicadores
Left -  Izquerda.
Right -  Derecha. 
Handbrake - El freno de mano.
Steering wheel - El volante.
Windscreen wipers - Las escobillas. 
Exhaust pipe -  Tubo de escape
Tyres - Neumáticos
Mirrors - Espejos
Seat Belts - Correas De Asiento
 
 

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