Im just doing some sums. IVA fees says £450 for ameture and £199 for person in the trade of buildibng cars. I work in the motor trade so I will be able to pay £199 then. I work near grantham so a mate said to tka e it to what was RTR in Notts untill I heard they charge 599 plus VAT for a test they only pay 199 for, what a rip! I have read a lot of goodstuff on hear and i think i will do it myself anyhow. anybody payed the 199 pro fee and got away with it? is the 599 worth the money, do they sort out stuff you missed off?
no way, are you telling me the Notts guys charge 599 instead of 199 and then put your car in for a test that is harder to pass then it needs to be? I have not seen any differences in test type when I looked at the IVA manual between ameture and trade apps. What parts do you mean mawdo?
I had RTR put my car through the IVA as I was working in the USA for 6 weeks.
My invoice stated that the test was in fact £450, the additional charge was for them looking over the car and fixing anything that was found to be non IVA compliant. At the time I was sure I had covered everything but there were areas that I hadn't thought off and also when they took the car out for a pre-test drive they noticed that my Dash2 display had developed a fault and sorted returning it to Race Technology for repair.
RTR/EXO aren't the only company that offer this facility, the Scottish Kit ar centre in Berwick does the same with a similar price. I would look around and compare prices first as it does help to get an additional pair of eyes to look over your car before IVA or you could also be looking at an additional £99 for a retest if it fails...
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nope, no loophole - trust me if there was a loophole it would have been exploited years ago, same goes for the rule about whether an IVA test is required or not as a small number attempted to claim the subframes were in fact a chassis!! (Don't, its illegal and can cause problems later) that category is a different test, plus any car built by a person or company in the trade of building cars has stricter requirements geared to towards a current registration plate i.e. all NEW components, with one allowed item to be a used part. regarding the engine, it must pass current emission tests so catalytic converters are mandatory (carbs? forget it). there's probably a couple of other areas to consider as well.
its not worth the hassle, just to try and save some cash which you'll lose out in the end trying to fix to make it pass
There actually is a loophole, there always is one somewhere with everything, some tiny little one that if picked and prodded enough will show itself - well possibly apart from death itself, no-one has found a loophole there yest.
However the worst thing about someone finding a loophole or thinking they have found one (more usually the case) is that when they are then closed, or the wording ambiguity is clarified to remove that perception, the new rule is often much harder to abide by thus making it harder to comply in the future.
I am not saying we should not challenge rules that are clearly wrong but it is surprising how few loopholes are really there.
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While I'll accept there are loopholes around to be found whether they should be used or not is another question. Regarding how cars are registered or which test go through is pretty cut and dried (new, old, mixed etc) if you're not sure which applies to you its easy enough to contact DVLA or VOSA to help guide you. Just as we've done with the bikes we buy and rebuild/put back on the road (even an mx5!) - they've even saved us some money when we've sent off forms for transferring ownership depending on the info provided