If your car has been declared a total loss, it must pass the ITV again even if it has already been repaired

By letter, the General Directorate of Traffic is reminding thousands of drivers in our country that their cars are required to re-pass the Technical Inspection of Vehicles (ITV) if they have been declared total loss after an accident and still they decided to repair them. Even if the deadline for your next inspection has not yet passed.

If the car does not pass the inspection, its owner must repair everything that is necessary to be able to legally circulate again and be fit within the stipulated deadlines for it. Otherwise, the car will not be able to circulate and the owner will be exposed to fines of between 200 and 500 euros.

What does the amount of the fines depend on


The amount of the fine will depend on the reasons why the vehicle has not passed the inspection. Thus, in the event that the ITV is considered unfavorable because they have found serious defects in the vehicle, the owner will have a maximum period of two months to repair them and return to undergo ITV. In addition, you will only be allowed to travel to the workshop and to the inspection site.

If this is breached (although sometimes it will be difficult to prove or it will be a fact subject to interpretation by the authority) or the maximum period is exceeded, it will be imposed on the owner a fine of 200 euros.

In the event that the car is not suitable on the ITV because it has been detected very serious defects, it will be completely disabled to circulate and can only be taken to repair by crane. In the event that the owner decides to circulate with him (even if only to go directly from the inspection to the workshop), the corresponding penalty to which he is exposed amounts to 500 euros.

These changes are some of those introduced by the Royal Decree 265/2021 of April 13 in the regulations relating to ITV, which, in addition to seeking to guarantee minimum levels of both administrative and technical security, seeks to improve transparency and traceability of vehicle histories.

In the event that the vehicle is transferred, a note will appear in its history informing that at some point in its useful life, it will has suffered an accident of considerable consequences that, on the other hand, have already been repaired with guarantees.

Finally, we must remember that the rating of ‘total loss’ by the experts of the insurance companies refers not to the severity of the accident suffered by a vehicle itself, but to the fact that the cost of repairing the damage to the crashed vehicle exceeds your residual value at that moment.

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