I received a voicemail today from Caterham Midlands saying that the car had passed the IVA!
We had no feedback as to whether there had been any issues with the test or even the post build check.
They are now going to send the stuff off to the DVLA to get the car registered.
After the farcical amount of time the IVA application has taken I am not holding my breath as to when this will be completed….
Carl spoke to Caterham today. I’m losing the will to live on this so could not be bothered.
Apparently they received the IVA paperwork yesterday and have booked the car for the test on 1 June!! That would be three months since I sent the application off. Carl had a bit of a whinge at them pointing out that at this rate the summer would be over before we get the car registered.
The car has been insured for nearly six weeks so that is a complete waste of money too!
They called back and said they have managed to get it in for the 19th May.
Assuming it passes – and as the PBC has not been done we do not know how easily it will – how long will we then have to wait for the next stage of admin with the DVLA?
This final episode is putting a serious dampener on the whole Caterham build experience…
It’s now five weeks since the car was collected for its PBC & IVA.
I spoke to Alex at Caterham Midlands who said that they still have not heard back from the DVLA on the IVA application. This means they have not even looked at the car as they only tend to do the PBC when they have the IVA test booked…
She said that the current delay was certainly not normal, but they was not much more they can do as it is in the hands of the DVLA.
Even when we get the IVA application back, there will likely be a ten day wait for a test, and then two-three weeks to get the paperwork back and the car registered.
I wish I had put the application in sooner. Given that you have to specify when the vehicle will be available for test there would be no harm in applying as soon as you have a reasonable number of evidential photographs.
Certainly a tip for any future builders.
I took half a day’s holiday today to be here for the collection. Caterham Midlands had told us that their driver would be leaving about 9am so I was expecting him some time after 11. Continue reading Collection for PBC
Derek’s suggestion of putting a centre punch into the brass washer on the front brakes to earth in indicator sounded a bit drastic to me. Continue reading Build Session #25 Final Titivation
We really were on the finishing straight now. We had a list of minor items to complete plus the all important IVA jobs to do. The ultimate objective was also to see if the car would drive our of the garage so it would be ready to be picked up. Continue reading Build Session #23
I sent the IVA paperwork off to Caterham Midlands today along with a DVD of photographs showing Carl and I building the car. Continue reading IVA Paperwork
Carl called into Caterham Midlands today to find out more about the options for the IVA test. He came back with lots to discuss, together with a useful checklist of additional IVA requirements.
Extract from a sheet provided by Caterham Midlands: [My observations or clarifications in blue]
This is a list of additional preparation beyond that listed in the build manual for cars being presented for IVA at the NOTTINGHAM test centre.
Continue reading Nottingham IVA Requirements