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Clarification re English Car here

Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 7:39am
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Andy12

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Have English car awaiting residencia. Intend to take it back to sell in UK when quarantine lifted in UK. Can't get Spanish licence until I have residencia. I have heard different info about English cars being confiscated. Anyone clarify

PeterC

Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 11:19am

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Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 11:19am

When you get residencia you will not be allowed to drive a UK-reg car (whichever licence you have) and if detected you risk confiscation - at worst "on the spot".

You may need to consider sending it by grua or driving back soon - you would have to go through the test to leave and pay for the 2 tests on days 5 & 8 when you get there, even if you stay for less time. You will as things stand need to get a test to re-enter Spain, and be aware that you will need proof that you live here.

Other option is to contact the dealers that buy UK cars and sell it in Spain.

Sucina Explorer

Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 2:00pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 2:00pm

PeterC wrote on Sat Jun 5, 2021 11:19am:

When you get residencia you will not be allowed to drive a UK-reg car (whichever licence you have) and if detected you risk confiscation - at worst "on the spot".

You may need to consider sending it by grua or driving back soon - you would have to go through the test to leave and pay for the 2 tests on days 5 & 8 when you get there, even if you stay for less time. You will as things stand need to get a test to re-enter Spain, and be aware that you will...

... need proof that you live here.

Other option is to contact the dealers that buy UK cars and sell it in Spain.

Or possibly sell to a non resident Brit who is going back to UK !

PeterC

Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 2:02pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 2:02pm

Sucina Explorer wrote on Sat Jun 5, 2021 2:00pm:

Or possibly sell to a non resident Brit who is going back to UK !

Or keep it and rematriculate it onto Spanish plates...though you will always be sat on the right.

Roland

Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 9:30pm

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Posted: Sat Jun 5, 2021 9:30pm

As a non resident you can only legally have a UK registered car in Spain for 6 months.

And they do keep catching people particularly on Camposol.

Sunnyspain

Posted: Sun Jun 6, 2021 7:41am

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Posted: Sun Jun 6, 2021 7:41am

I have seen quite a few police road blocks recently in our area. The cars I saw them pulling over were UK reg cars and they are towing them away. Assume they are checking for over stayers as well.  If you didn't register your intent to swap your licence by the end of last year you will need to take a Spanish test. 

crispotts

Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 2:54pm

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Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 2:54pm

I have registered several UK reg RHD cars here because they were so much cheaper 2nd hand even with the cost of having them delivered on an articulated vehicle carrier . some 500 to 600 UKpnds but only took 3 days door to door and no quarantine!!

It is quite expensive to change plates , about 1000 euors or more depending on the age and the value of the car as determined by the trafrfic office. Also you jneed to remember to change the exmergency lights at the rear to the offside.

We used a local expat helper to do the business as they know the procedures and charged us 300 euros as part of the 1000 total bill.

I have driven RHD vehicles in Spain for 20 yearsand only have to remind myself to keep to the RHS when pulling out onto the main road!!!

Good luck.

Chris

Sucina Explorer

Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 4:28pm

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Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 4:28pm

crispotts wrote on Wed Jun 9, 2021 2:54pm:

I have registered several UK reg RHD cars here because they were so much cheaper 2nd hand even with the cost of having them delivered on an articulated vehicle carrier . some 500 to 600 UKpnds but only took 3 days door to door and no quarantine!!

It is quite expensive to change plates , about 1000 euors or more depending on the age and the value of the car as determined by the trafrfic office. Also you jneed to remember to change the exmergency lights at the rear to the offside....

...

We used a local expat helper to do the business as they know the procedures and charged us 300 euros as part of the 1000 total bill.

I have driven RHD vehicles in Spain for 20 yearsand only have to remind myself to keep to the RHS when pulling out onto the main road!!!

Good luck.

Chris

I think you also need two reversing lights, one either side and headlights have to be changed too, deflectors not accepted any more.

Roland

Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 4:58pm

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Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 4:58pm

Yes headlight beam deflectors have never been acceptable when re registering a car in Spain.

A vehicle with them on will fail it's initial import ITV.

The cost of replacing the headlights could be around 400 - 500 euro depending on the car.

Do note however that some makes of car have headlight adjusters.

I can't just remember which ones though.

crispotts

Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 5:06pm

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Posted: Wed Jun 9, 2021 5:06pm

Volvo's headlights - takes 60 secs to change thank goodness , first Volvo cost 450 euro0s at Malaga Volvo Dealer, second volvo cost 150 euros on ebay from Netherlands, 3 rd volvo cost nowt!

Yes correct need reversing lights but mine has 2 anyway.

Cheers Chris

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