Algarve Auto Assist Lda
Algarve Auto Assist Lda

algarve auto assist Service & garage,car repairs



We want you to know that you are in good hands both before and after you choose your car



Further services provided by us: 

  • Repairs for all car make
  • Vehicle service
  • Courtesy car customer service
  • Spare parts and accessories 
  • Air-conditioning system service
  • Engine diagnostics
  • Vehicle paint work repairs and body work from Feb 2014




Can we help you? Call us on 00351916888402 or contact us directly using our online contact form.


Portugal I.P.O (M.O.T)

All vehicles over a certain age are required to undertake a roadworthiness test, equivalent to an MOT in Britain. Vehicles requiring a roadworthiness test must carry a valid test certificate when driven on public roads. This is described below. The only exception is for veteran cars, which instead should carry a certificate, proving it to be a veteran car. Veteran car certificates are issued by the Portuguese Veteran Car Club. For cars the first inspection is four years after first registration, then every two years. Annual inspections are required after the eighth year. Wherever Documento Único is mentioned, it refers to the vehicle documents whether it is documento unico itself or the older livrete and Registo de propriedade, depending on how long ago you registered your vehicle. When to have your vehicle tested The date of the first test and the frequency of subsequent tests depend on the type of vehicle you own. The type of vehicle is specified in the Documento Unico. If it is a light passenger vehicle, the Documento Unico will show it registered as a viatura ligeira de passageiros. Cars must be tested once they reach 4-years old, again at 6 and again at 8 and after that tested every year. Your inspection certificate will have written on it the date that the next inspection is due. Other light vehicles such as pickups, mixed passenger/cargo and special vehicles are first tested when they reach 2-years old and then annually. Heavy vehicles and trailers are tested annually, after eight years they are tested every six-months. The vehicle can be presented for test in the month they were first registered, up to the date of registration, or during the previous three months to the date, unless the existing certificate specifies the next date of test. Authorised testing centres carry out the test. Vehicles with only minor deficiencies will be issued with a red certificate and sticker. These vehicles must be tested again within the next 30 days. Should a further test be required this must be undertaken within the next 15 days. Vehicles with only minor deficiencies (maximum of 7) that need repairs before the next inspection date will be issued with a certificate but if stopped by the authorities can be fined, if the repairs are not done. If the car fails the test the owner will be issued with a red provisional certificate. There are two degrees of deficiencies 1) 2nd degree (a maximum of 30 days is given to complete all necessary repairs, 2) 3rd degree (these vehicles cannot be driven from the inspection centre, they must be towed to a garage until repairs have been completed). Should a further test be required this must be undertaken and the test date will be indicated on the certificate issued. What is inspected? The tests carried out during the inspection assess the security of the vehicle to ensure that it is in a good enough condition to circulate on the public highway. The inspection starts by confirming the vehicle identity (model, registration number, motor and chassis numbers, and tyre sizes). There is then a series of tests that include: • level of noise, exhaust emissions, and oil leakage; • lights (intensity and orientation); • body work and interior (corrosion and other damage); • visibility (mirrors and wipers); • equipment (seat belts, warning triangle, horn, speedometer); • brakes and braking power; • steering and alignment; • excessive play in the suspension, steering and axles; • wheels and tyres. Where to carry out the test Officially approved independent testing centres carry out the roadworthiness inspections. You can use any test centre. They are indicated by road signs marked "Centro de Inspecções Obrigatórias - IPO" and are listed in the yellow pages under "Automóveis - Inspecção". Tests usually need to be booked in advance, but some centres will accept casual callers. Preparing for the inspection The test centre will need to see the vehicle documents, and will need your tax registration number. The charge is aproximatelly €30. If the vehicle is in good condition, the only preparation needed may be a good clean to make the inspection easier to do and to allow the inspectors to confirm the identification numbers easily. Older vehicles may need more preparation. Many garages will prepare vehicles for the inspection and even deliver and collect them from the test centre. This can be a convenient time for the annual service. Results of the inspection When a vehicle passes the inspection, the test centre will issue a green certificate and a green sticker. The sticker is for fixing to the windscreen on the right hand side and the certificate should be carried with the other documents of the vehicle. Should you lose the test certificate or sticker then the test centre, which carried out the last test, will issue a substitute on receipt of a written request.


Headlamps faded with the sun we can polish them up to improve night time driving and getting the car through the i.p.o (mot) if they have failed your car for lack of beam pattern a lot cheaper than new lamps !! call 916888402 for more details




Air Conditioning Recharge

  • An estimated 10% of Air-Con gas permeates from the system every year.
  • Air-Con systems need recharging with gas & lubricant every 2 years.

Over 2/3 of vehicles are fitted with air conditioning and climate control
systems as standard these days. Many of us are familiar with using air-con in
our car on both hot and cold days, but not many people are aware that like other
parts of your car, the air-conditioning system also needs regular attention to
make sure it is working efficiently.

You may not be aware that over 10% of air-con gas permeates from the air-con
system every year, which means that it may not work as well as it should. This is why car manufacturers recommend
your Air-Con system is recharged with gas and lubricant every 2 years. This
service is not part of routine vehicle
servicing, so if your vehicle is
more than 2 years old it’s probably due a recharge.

Here at algarve auto assist Lagos algarve we believe your air conditioning is probably one of the most important functions of your car we offer a complete air conditioning recharge service available at algarve auto assist. Within an hour the whole recharge process is completed. The process can also include a system de-bug to clear bacterial build up from within the system, which will remove any unpleasant odours (extra cost incured).

  low charge in the air con can effective the components of the air conditioning system make the engine and air con compessor work harder putting more strain on the engine and using more fuel. If your Air-Con system has not been recharged in 2 years it will
dramatically reduce efficiency.

During the hotter summer months motorists use the Air-Con system more;
however your system is also useful in winter. Air-Con systems create dry warm
air rather than the normal humid air from outside and this de-mists your car
windscreen more quickly.

To keep your Air-Con system fully charged all
year, why not call algarve auto assist and have your vehicle’s air conditioning
system recharged with gas and lubricant today.


Prices start from €40 depending on the vehicle ring or email for quote.

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Algarve Auto Assist
Urb Pedra Alcada Lote 55A

8600-622 Lagos



Tel: 00351 916888402

skype 0113 8150077


N 37˚ 05.990̕
W 8˚  41.284 

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If you are buying a car from us we automatically check all our used vehicles to make sure there is no finance or other charges registered against the vehicles we sell, but before you consider buying a Portuguese car from someone else we are offering a service to check the vehicle for you.


There is no HPI or Equifax system in Portugal as such you have to physically go to the relevant government office with the registration number to have the vehicle checked and they provide a print out with owner information and any debts or problems registered to the vehicle or let you know if the vehicle is "clean".


In Portugal if someone does not pay their income tax or any other debt the authorities can put a charge against a car to stop the owner from selling the vehicle but many people pay for cars first and realise the problem when it is too late !! Especially if you manage to find a Portuguese car in UK bring it here only to find out the car belongs to someone else.


We offer a service to do this for you at a cost of €50 which is a small amount to pay for peace of mind or stop you buying a car with problems!


This service is only available during work days and is not possible on Portuguese holidays as mentioned earlier we have to go to the office to get the information for you.


If you Require this service please pay €50 by PayPal with registration number to we also need your email address so we can scan and send the information back to you. We will have the information within 24hrs.


Please note this service is for financial information only and is not a check for any accidents the vehicle may have had.


General info :



Also to be able to transfer a vehicle you need a signed transfer form (link)    a copy of registered keepers Id and a copy of Portuguese fiscal number and the same info for the buyer.


Or buy a car from us and all the paperwork and checks are done for you !


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