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“I first contacted Paul because we needed an interpreter to help resolve an issue at Sevillana, the electricity company. He was very efficient and effective and the problem was quickly solved. I have since used Paul in other official settings, including my bank, Unicaja, the Provincial Payments Office and the Administrator of our Community of Owners. Excellent value for money.”
Bill Douthwaite, Ronda, September 2009

Taking your car for its ITV

Taking your car for its ITV

By Valerie Mitchell



Two weeks ago we looked at how to go about getting an appointment for your car to be tested for its ITV - the Spanish MOT. Once at the testing centre you join the inevitable queue to pay.

To find out who is before you in the queue, as people are not always standing in order, ask  "¿Quién es el último?”  “Who is the last person in line?”   Someone will say "Soy yo."  “ It's me." Then you know your turn is after them.

After paying you wait for your car to be called. Normally the make of the car will be called first followed by the registration number. So, you might hear "Ford, BA 9654 QU”.  Make sure you know what your registration number sounds like in Spanish.

Once you get to the actual test, here are some words which may be useful:

Los frenos  -  the brakes
Freno de mano  -  hand brake

Delante  -  front
De atrás  -  back

Arranca  -  switch on the engine
Apaga  -  switch off the engine

Para  -  stop

El intermitente de la derecha  -  the right indicator
El intermitente de la izquierda  -  the left indicator

Los limpiaparabrisas  -  windscreen wipers
El cinturón de seguridad  -  seat belt

And mucha suerte  -  lots of luck.

© The News

Valerie Mitchell runs the Centro Idiomas Language School in Coin.
Her books, “The First Twelve Shortcuts to Spanish” , “The Second Twelve Shortcuts to Spanish”  (€5 each) and  “The Verb Book” (€7) are available from The News office in Coin, Woody’s Cards and Books in Los Boliches, David’s Books in Los Boliches or by email from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 952 450 747.


See also:

Booking an ITV appointment

Getting your UK-registered car MOT’d in Spain


ITV 2 – it works!



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