What is Individual Vehicle Approval?

MAKING YOUR VEHICLE COMPLIANT FOR UK ROADS

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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.

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.

Privately owned IVA test centre?

No government waiting times

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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.

OUR SERVICES

We offer the complete import service

OUR TEAM

Decades of experience

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