Owning a Car in Italy and La Revisione
This post isn’t going to be glamorous. It’s not going to transport you to romantic visions of being in Italy. It is, however, an important practical note for when you own a car in Italy.
What is the revisione?
It’s a scheduled inspection of your car to confirm all systems are functioning properly. It’s not so different from the inspections required in the States. But be forewarned, this is a pretty extensive check of your car and not one that you do last minute by driving up for speedy twenty-minute service. No, this isn’t normally an expedited process. In other words, be prepared to leave your car for several hours. And call well ahead of time to schedule your appointment.
What is the schedule for getting your revisione?
This part is easy. For a new car, your revisione is due before the end of four years. Thereafter, you’re required to get your revisione every two years.
What happens if I’m past my date?
If you’re stopped for a random check (see last week’s post), you could be in big trouble. Your car can be impounded on the spot and you’ll most certainly receive a hefty fine.
How much does the revisione cost?
Well, if all systems are up to snuff, it could be around 100 euro. But the authorized service often identifies things that are out of legal norms, such as tire tread, brakes, wiper blades, headlights, etc. And for me, there was the replacement of my metano gas tank.
By law, metano (methane) gas tanks must be replaced every four years. Period. In fact, you’re supposed to have a sticker stating the current tank’s next revisione inside the little fuel door.
My car, a Fiat Punto, has both metano and benzina (unleaded gas) tanks. I primarily run my car on metano since it’s significantly more economical. GPL, another more widely available gas alternative, also falls under replacement restrictions. Check with the dealership or the shop performing the revisione. To my knowledge, there’s no scheduled and required replacement to conventional tanks for benzina and diesel.
And that, my friends, is pretty much it when it comes to getting your revisione. Just add it to your checklist under “owning a car in Italy” and you’ll be just fine.
I promise to be back next week with something more artistic and inspiring!