Compared to all stages of the process described so far, the TÜV testing station is like being on another planet.

Compared to all stages of the process described so far, the TÜV testing station is like being on another planet.

Since we last visited at the beginning of January, two new private garages have sprung up (so if you fail you can go next door to get it fixed) and a small snack bar has opened at the gates.

Plus they now have official leaflets explaining exactly what is needed to pass the test and a folder of FAQs – but all of that is in Turkish.

I discover my fire extinguisher is too small so cross the road and buy one for 20TL of the correct size.

{mosimage}It is also much busier than we visited before with gangs of Turkish men huddled around the doors to the actual testing station watching all the high tech equipment being used inside.

I wait for around an hour and a half before I am called and, the car passes.

What a relief.

In fact the young man who tested it said it was in ‘super’ condition but then they don’t care about dents and scrapes.

Tomorrow we’ll publish a concise guide to the LPG testing process and full costs of getting the 1991 gas-fired Kartal through the process will be listed.

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