ITV in Marbella

by Marbella Family
(Marbella)

ITV Estepona entrance

ITV Estepona entrance

ITV Estepona entrance
ITV Estepona garage
ITV office in Estepona

If you're looking for the new ITV station in San Pedro, click here. Read on for helpful hints...




Today I had an appointment for my car at the ITV (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos). It is the equivalent of an MOT in the UK or the DOT in the US. I remember the first time I had to go for the ITV inspection and was a bit lost as it is all conducted in Spanish and at the time my Spanish was not very good. I was really nervous and not sure what to expect, so I hope that I can maybe clarify things for you for when you go.

First of all, an ITV is basically an inspection of your car to make sure that it passes all the requirements so that you don´t have an accident and everyone respects the quality of the environment. ITV tests need to be made at an authorized garage and so far, if you live in Marbella, you must go to Estepona. Plans are already underway for an ITV center in San Pedro that is due to open in 2011.

It is important to remember that it is illegal to drive a car without an updated ITV certificate. All cars must have the ITV sticker posted on the top right hand corner of the car windshield.


When do I need to go for an ITV test?

* No inspections are necessary on new cars until it turns four years old, in which case it must be inspected every two years until it reaches ten years old.

* Ten year old cars and older must be tested every year.

* If your car has been in an accident, you must have the ITV inspect it after the repair.

* What to do if you are late for the ITV test

How much does it cost?

The price of an ITV test varies in each province. Today I paid ?36.70. If you don´t pass the test then you don´t have to pay again. Just make another appointment after you have fixed any problems.


How do I take the test?

First of all, you should probably go to your nearest garage and take a Pre-ITV test. This is a chance to fix any problems before you take the test. I go to the BP Lube plus station in San Pedro (Urb. Las Medranas, calle del P.A.S.P.) which is just behind the BP gas station off the road to Ronda. The pre-ITV test is 35 euros and can be made in a couple of hours. I really recommend doing this, because today I didn´t pass my ITV test. I forgot to do the pre-ITV and I was not passed, because the gases in my car were too high. My car is now sitting at the BP station to fix this problem and I will try again tomorrow. You do not need to make an appointment for your car to have a pre-ITV inspection at the BP station unless you really are in a time constraint and need your car back in a few hours.

Next, you should make an appointment for the test. Call 902 575 757 for Malaga province. I am not sure if they speak in English (I doubt it), so be prepared with your Spanish. You will be asked which ITV station you need (Estepona if you live in Marbella or San Pedro). Then you will be asked the license plate number of your vehicle and if you are making an appointment for a car or motorcycle. Next, you will be given a date and time. They are sometimes flexible and you can always try to ask for a specific time and date that is suitable for you. The opening hours of the ITV are really long (Mon-Fri 7am-9pm; Sat 8am-1pm with no break), so you should find a time that you like.

You can just drop in and try to squeeze in, but I don´t recommend it. I saw a few people sitting at the ITV today bored to death. But you can, if you must. Try getting there by 7:00am if you do.

Once you get to the ITV garage you will need to step into their office and pay the fee and show your vehicle registration document (permiso de circulación) and technical papers (ficha technico) . They will then give you a receipt with a time more or less the one you asked for. You will then need to wait outside and listen for your car model and license plate number. You will then be instructed to go to Lane 1 or Lane 2.

Once you are in the lane you will be asked to stay in your car while the inspector checks your seat belts (you´ll be asked to put your own on), windshield wipers, and switch on and off your lights (high beams, low beams, fog, indicators, emergency lights, turn on all four lights- and brake) which will be checked in front and rear.

Here are a list of words that will help you understand what to do. Keep in mind that there are several ways to say the same thing, but these are the words that I recall the inspector using today:

"cinturon" - seat belt

"limpiabrisas" - windshield wipers

"enciende los luces" - switch on the lights

"apaga los luces" - turn off the lights

"luces antinieblas" - fog lights

"intermitentes" - direction indicator lights, blinkers

"los cuatro luces" - emergency lights, literally turn on all four lights


You will then be asked to move your car forward to a space where your front tires roll onto a special device and over an open space that will test your wheel alignment, shock absorbers and brakes. The inspector goes down some stairs and will speak to you over a speaker. This is a real challenge if you don´t speak Spanish well. You´ll have to strain your ears to hear what he asking you to do.

You will be asked to put the car in park and turn the steering wheel back and forth quickly. Then you will be asked to put the car in neutral and slowly press on the brakes as hard as you can.

After, you will move your back tires onto the device and more or less asked to do the same. Here are some helpful words:

"Arranca el coche" - Turn on the car

"Pon el coche en N" - Put the car in N (for neutral)

"Avanza" - move forward

"frena" - brake (command)

"pon los frenos" - put on the brakes

"freno de mano" - emergency brakes

"volante" - steering wheel

"gira el volante" - turn the steering wheel

Your car will also be checked for any damages in the body as well as if your mirrors and doors are working properly.

You will then asked to move the car forward once again and be asked to step out. The inspector hooks up a tube to your exhaust pipe and accelerates the car to check for gas emissions. This is where I failed. So make sure to get your pre-ITV check done BEFORE you make an appointment. That way, if there is anything that needs to be fixed and may take some time you will be ready for it.


What if I don´t pass the test?

If you don´t pass, then you will be given a paper with a list of the problems that were found. You will then have two months to make the repairs and pass the test again.

I didn´t pass the test and was told that I don´t have to pay when I come back, however some people say that you will be given a 50% discount on the test if you return within 15 days. Ask before you go to make sure. If you don´t retest your car within two months the Jefatura Provincial de Tráfico will be notified and your car will lose its registration.


What do I do after I pass?

You will be asked to park your car in the parking lot ahead and wait. You will be given an ITV card with the results of your test as well as a sticker of proof that must be displayed on the top right hand corner of your car. The sticker will show the month and year of your next test.


What if I have a foreign car?

Cars that are imported to Spain must pass a Spanish ITV test before it can be registered. You will have six months to do it after bringing the car to Spain. If your car remains in Spain for more than six months you must register it with Spanish plates. It is illegal otherwise and your car may be confiscated. I know of someone who got caught with her British plates and had to spend a fortune on a rental car for several months while her car was being registered.

Remember, if your car is not road worthy and not issued an ITV certificate, your insurance may be null and void if you get into an accident.

Where in Estepona is the ITV located?

The ITV in Estepona is located in the "Poligono Industrial" (industrial park) just off the Costa del Sol highway (A-7). The address is:

POLÍGONO ESTEPONA - CALLE GRAHAM BELL, 15
TEL: 902 575 757

I found a link on Google Maps here

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May 09, 2015
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itv san pedro
by: stuart

Polígono Industrial San Pedro de Alcántara, parcela 25, C.P. 29000 Coordenadas: Latitud: 36.499167 Longitud: -4.99099 Tlf.: 951-216991 Fax: 951-506018 Solicitud de cita previa: www.itvcita.com o al 902 70 27 27 E-mail: ITV-marbella@veiasa.es

May 09, 2015
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sat nav address for itv station san pedro
by: Anonymous

please can you reply with the sat nav address for the ITV station in San Pedro ?

Apr 23, 2014
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Change appointment
by: Anonymous

I booked an appointment in estepona but need to change
The time can someone pleeease help me out

Apr 23, 2014
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Change appointment
by: Anonymous

I booked an appointment in estepona but need to change
The time can someone pleeease help me out

May 02, 2013
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itvs'r's
by: stuart

Hi David, great company called itvs'r'us
bertie barber +34657376519

May 02, 2013
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SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT
by: DAVID

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO I USED A COMPANY WHICH CAME TO MY HOME IN NUEVA ANDALUCIA, INSPECTED THE CAR AND TOOK IT FOR THE TEST, ALL FOR A VERY MODEST FEE. UNFORTUNATELY I CAN NO LONGER REMEMBER WHO THEY WERE! HAS ANYONE COME ACROSS SUCH A SERVICE FOR THE COSTA DEL SOL?

Jan 29, 2013
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itv information
by: Philip Rowland Holman

Very useful, thank you

Jul 31, 2012
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Thank you
by: Marbella Family

Thanks for your lovely comment. It's always great to hear positive reinforcement. Keeps us going and motivated!

Jul 31, 2012
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fantastic site
by: Anonymous

Hi, as a "virgin ITVer" I found this site, and the comments, incredibly helpful. Thanks guys!....

Nov 22, 2010
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Booking online
by: Charlotte

Just to carry on from what you were saying about booking online, after you have pressed Aceptar it asks you (from memory so I might be wrong):

If you have a "turismo" (normal family car rather than a van or motorbike) - answer si or no.

If your turismo is petrol or diesel.

After this it asks if it's your first appointment or if you are coming back for another go after having failed once or twice...

Then you put in your postcode and it gives you a choice of centres (for me living in Estepona it gives me the choice of Estepona, Malaga or Ronda!).

Then you click on one of the available days from the calendar and choose your time from a drop down box.

You also have to enter a verification code on the screen before you press okay (this gets me everytime as it's in the top right corner and I always miss it out and have to start this page again!)

Then a confirmation page pops up and you can print it off.

Just one thing to add, quite often when you start making the appointment it asks you for the fecha de 1era matriculacion instead of the bastidor number. I've never got this to work on any car despite having the date correct. I just keep refreshing the screen until I get the option to enter the bastidor number instead!


Nov 08, 2010
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Failing your ITV
by: Amanda

I just dragged my poor little Clio through a rather embarrassing ordeal. I knew it wasn't going to pass but it's worth going ahead with the test if you're on deadline as being caught driving when it has expired isn't much smarter. Once they check the nooks and crannies of your vehicle they give you a sheet of paper with detailed reasons as to why it's failed. You have TWO months to get the problems fixed and return WITHOUT PAYING. I heard one of the mechanics there tell another driver he had 15 days. I questioned mine on it and he said that sometimes they tell the driver 2 weeks so they go and get it done straightaway but it's 2 months.
However, if you are caught driving within those two months and it's not to the garage or ITV you will be fined (so unless it's 3am and you're headed home after a night out, always remember to say you're on your way to the garage!!!!)

Oct 26, 2010
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Hassle-free ITVs!!
by: Stuart

My friends have been offering a door to door ITV service for a number of years through a small mechanics in Fuengirola and have now set up business on their own.

Great thing is they are very well known at the Málaga ITV centre and can quite often get your car in and out of the centre in as little as a few hours on the day after you call them (of course the same day might be difficult, but miracles can and do sometimes happen!).

This isn't intended to be advertising, but a good recommendation is what they deserve. Great bunch, great service :)

see www.itvsrus.com

Oct 25, 2010
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Making an ITV appointment
by: Marbella Family

Yes, you can make your ITV appointments online, which is also a good idea. I took a look at it myself and thought maybe I could add a few comments to help anyone out. I didn´t see an option for English.

First, go to www.itvcita.com

The first sentence just explains that you can make an appointment online and that you will need your Permiso de Circulacion on hand or an ITV card. Click Continuar

You are then directed to a page with a form to fill out. There are three tabs:

Solicitar cita (Make an appointment)
Anular cita (Cancel an appointment)
Consultar cita (Look for an appointment)

It says that if you are changing an appointment then you first need to cancel the old one (go to Anular cita).

To make an appointment you will need to fill out the form. They ask for:

Matrícula - license plate number
Bastidor - VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). Click on "Más info" to see exactly where to find this number.
Nombre - First name
Primer apellido - Last name
Segunda apellido - Second last name (don´t worry about this one. You can leave it blank)
Teléfono - telephone number
Email - bet you figured this one out on your own.

Then click on Aceptar

I´m not sure what happens next. I don´t want to mess up my own appointment for tomorrow. I assume they will give you some time options and a confirmation or something. I will check tomorrow (assuming I pass my test!) and will let you know.

Maybe someone can answer this question before me!

Oct 25, 2010
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Book your appointment online
by: Jenny

I would like to add a couple of things:
Living in Marbella you do not have to go to Estepona, you could also opt for Malaga or other places. In my experience, they are quicker and more professional in Malaga. Further, you can book your appointment on the website: www.itvcita.es, almost without knowing any Spanish. Good luck!

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