We manage our onsite IVA test schedule

No government waiting times – we’re privately owned and can get your vehicle in for its IVA quicker than anywhere else.


As we own our premises and liaise with the DVSA there are a number of benefits which have already been mentioned. But as the leading experts in the United Kingdom for importing vehicles we have been granted the ability to test vehicles onsite.

This means your vehicle is never leaving to travel to a government location for the test to happen and we’re proud to be able to offer this service to our customers.

With preallocated slots each week you can expect faster turn around times and more flexibility should an issue arrise with your vehicles IVA test. There is no other company in the United Kingdom who can offer a service quite like it.

What is Individual Vehicle Approval?



IVA stands for Individual Vehicle Approval and relates to Type Approval of vehicles in the UK. Type Approval is the process which ensures that vehicles, their systems and components, meet the appropriate environmental and safety standards for use in the UK and Europe.

For your vehicle to be registered into the UK it must show that it has some form of Type Approval. In the case of new right hand drive vehicles supplied at your local retailer they will be supplied by the manufacturer with a mass scale Type Approval called a certificate of conformity.

For the rest of us who either have a vehicle we are importing from outside the EU or a left hand drive vehicle, we can use the IVA test to gain the type approval we need to register our vehicle.

What should you be aware of during the IVA test?

The inspection itself and what is tested on the vehicle

Imported Dodge Challenger into the UK

In the United Kingdom all vehicles require an MOT to prove that a vehicle is ‘road worthy’ and safe. But the IVA test looks at the vehicle from a different perspective. The very design of the vehicle is assesd to ensure that it meets regulations that are in place across the EU.

Most of the time a vehicle will need an IVA test if it wasn’t manufatured within the EU and isn’t older than ten years old simply because in the EU a CoC is proof that the vehicle already conforms, ergo an IVA test might not be needed unless an EU manufactured vehicles COC cannot be obtained.

Who are the DVSA?

The governing body for ensuring vehicle compliance

An IVA test is undertaken by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency at a DVSA testing station or a DVSA approved designated premises like our own. The DVSA staff visit our site throughout the week and carry out inspections on our clients vehicles accompanied by one of our IVA technicians. Having an experienced technician presenting your vehicle for test is a massive advantage over presenting the vehicle for test yourself because you are often required to show certain components of the vehicle to an examiner that may be behind trim panels or in hard to reach areas of the engine bay. Once satisfied they issue IVA pass certificates that we use to register your vehicle with the DVLA.

Your vehicle will always need some level of modification to achieve UK type approval and our technicians have the experience to pre prepare your vehicle to IVA standard so when it is inspected we have the confidence it will pass every time.

We will handle all the paperwork involved with your application electronically with our contacts at VOSA so you won’t waste any time posting paperwork back and forth until it is correct.


We offer the complete import service


Decades of experience

  • JC
    Jack Charlesworth
    An expert in having anything from supercar to supermini imported and registered in the UK
  • Tim Website
    Tim Charlesworth
    With decades of car import and sales experience, there is no scenario Tim has not dealt with
  • Will Smith
    Will Smith
    Will markets the business, deals with enquiries, trade clients and drives the business into new territory.
  • IVA Testing
    Vikki Walker
    Office Administrator
    Vikki keeps the cogs turning in the business and manages all the administration tasks involved in the business.
  • Phil Mobley
    Phil Mobley
    Phil deals with clients from all around the world and helps them every step of the way.
  • Jade Website
    Jade Williamson
    Registration and Testing
    Jade is an expert in vehicle testing and registration submissions in the UK.


What our clients say


Where Is The Vehicle Located?

Within EuropeOutside Europe

Where Is The Vehicle Currently Registered?

Have you owned the car for over 6 months whilst living outside the EU for over 12 months?

Get a quote to import your vehicle with My Car Import

My Car Import has successfully performed thousands of vehicle imports from start to finish. Wherever your vehicle is in the world, we will be able to handle every step of your import and registration process. We have a worldwide network of agents on every continent to give us up to date local knowledge and confidence wherever your vehicle is located.

We are the only car importer in the UK to have made a considerable investment in a DVSA approved testing facility for our site. This means DVSA inspectors use our onsite testing lane to issue individual type approvals to our client’s vehicles. With our worldwide presence and ongoing commitment to all aspects of UK compliance, we are the market leaders in our field.

Get a quote to import and register your vehicle in the United Kingdom?

My Car Import has successfully performed registrations for thousands of imported vehicles. Wherever your vehicle is in the world, we will be able to handle every step of your import and registration process.

With our worldwide presence and ongoing commitment to all aspects of UK compliance, we are the market leaders in our field. Whether you are personally importing your vehicle, commercially importing multiple vehicles, or trying to gain low volume type approvals for vehicles you are manufacturing, we have the knowledge and facilities to meet all of your requirements.

Don't hesitate to fill out our quote request form so that we can provide a quotation for the importation of your vehicle to the United Kingdom.

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