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Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) for cars: help to get a pass

How to avoid the top 10 reasons cars and other M1 passenger vehicles don't pass the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.

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This guide tells you how to avoid the top 10 reasons that cars and other vehicles in the M1 inspection category fail the IVA inspection.

Full compliance with this guide doesn’t guarantee a pass. You’ll need to view the IVA Inspection manual for the full requirements and testing procedures needed to get your vehicle passed.

You must apply for vehicle approval if you’ve:

  • built a vehicle
  • rebuilt a vehicle
  • radically altered a vehicle
  • reconstructed a classic vehicle
  • imported a vehicle

Vehicles that are in the M1 category include:

  • cars
  • left hand drive vehicles
  • personally imported vehicles
  • amateur built vehicles
  • kit cars
  • motor caravans
  • hearses
  • wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • rebuilt vehicles
  • ambulances
  • armored vehicles
  • vehicles manufactured in very low volumes
  • vehicles manufactured using parts of a registered vehicle
Published 11 June 2015
Last updated 29 June 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance on how to avoid the top 10 reasons cars and other M1 vehicles don't pass the Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) inspection.
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