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Registering a kit car in the United Kingdom

Due to the nature of kit cars we cannot provide a one size fits all quotation for your car. However, we can assist with the process of IVA testing your car along with any registration paperwork that is required to register it.

Sadly due the difference in the number of ‘kit cars’ out there the testing process can be frustrating.

During the IVA test your car is inspected, and the issues with the car if any exist are outlined. Depending on the severity of these ultimately depends on how you best proceed.

For cars that are fabricated from the ground up we are sadly unable to help. These might require alterations that are at a fabrication level as opposed to mechanical issues like the incorrect tyres.

If the kit car was from a manufater that sells the kits – like a Caterham or Ultimata GTR, we are more able to assist with your cars registration working with you towards a ‘registered’ car.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch regarding your kit car, but please note that we can’t assist with all registrations and we take it on a case by case basis.

Frequently asked Questions

What are some common Kit Cars that we import to the United Kingdom?

Caterham Seven: A lightweight, minimalist sports car with a design inspired by the classic Lotus Seven. It’s known for its excellent handling and pure driving experience.

Factory Five Racing (FFR) Cobra: A replica of the iconic Shelby Cobra, featuring a high-performance V8 engine and a classic design.

Porsche 356 Speedster Replica: Inspired by the classic Porsche 356 Speedster, these replicas offer vintage charm and performance.

Shelby Daytona Coupe Replica: A kit car that pays homage to the legendary Shelby Daytona Coupe, known for its aerodynamic design and racing success.

Factory Five Racing GTM: A modern supercar kit based on the Chevrolet Corvette C5 platform, featuring mid-engine layout and high-performance capabilities.

Westfield Sportscars: A UK-based manufacturer offering various kit car models, including the Westfield XI, Westfield Mega S2000, and more.

Ultima GTR: A high-performance kit car designed to be one of the fastest road-legal cars, often powered by powerful V8 engines.

Superformance: A company that produces licensed replicas of classic sports cars, such as the Shelby Cobra, Shelby Daytona Coupe, and Ford GT40.

MEV Exocet: A lightweight, open-top sports car inspired by the Lotus Seven, known for its agile handling and affordability.

DF Kit Car Goblin: A modern, lightweight kit car designed for high-performance driving, featuring a tubular chassis and a sleek design.

Does a Kit Car need an IVA test?

Most kit cars are required to undergo an Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test before they can be registered and used on public roads. The IVA test is a one-time inspection carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to ensure that the kit car complies with the necessary safety and emissions standards.

The IVA test is applicable to new or significantly modified cars, which includes kit cars. During the test, the examiner will check various aspects of the car, such as brakes, lights, emissions, seatbelt anchorage points, and general roadworthiness.

However, it’s essential to note that the regulations and requirements regarding kit cars, including the need for an IVA test, may vary from country to country. If you are in a different country than the UK, you should check with the relevant local authorities or a specialist in kit car regulations to determine the specific requirements for registering and using a kit car in that location. Additionally, regulations may change over time, so it’s always best to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

Is the SVA / IVA test hard to pass for a kit car?

The difficulty of passing the Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) or Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) test for a kit car can vary depending on several factors. These tests are designed to ensure that cars, including kit cars, meet safety and environmental standards before they can be registered for road use. The difficulty of passing the test can depend on the following factors:

Quality of the Build: The build quality of the kit car plays a significant role in the likelihood of passing the test. A well-constructed kit car with attention to detail and adherence to safety standards is more likely to pass the test than one with poor workmanship or incorrect assembly.

Compliance with Regulations: Kit cars must meet specific regulatory requirements, including safety features, emissions standards, and lighting specifications. Ensuring that the kit car meets these requirements is crucial for passing the test.

Documentation and Paperwork: Providing accurate and complete documentation is essential for the approval process. This includes providing evidence of the source of major components and components’ compliance with regulations.

Understanding of Regulations: Knowledge of the regulations and requirements for kit cars is essential during the build process. Understanding what is required and following the guidelines accordingly can increase the chances of passing the test.

Previous Experience: Builders with experience in building kit cars or modifying cars may have a better understanding of the requirements and what to expect during the test.

Vehicle Design: Some kit cars are designed to be replicas of classic or vintage cars. Replicas can sometimes face additional scrutiny during the approval process to ensure they are accurate and meet safety standards.

The SVA/IVA test can be challenging, especially for individuals who are building a kit car for the first time or who have limited experience in car construction. However, with careful preparation, attention to detail, and adherence to regulations, passing the test is achievable.

Before starting the build process, it’s essential to research and understand the specific requirements and regulations for kit cars in your country or region. Additionally, seeking advice from experienced kit car builders or consulting with regulatory authorities can provide valuable insights and guidance to help increase the chances of passing the SVA/IVA test successfully.

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