Your Motor vehicle in Spain
More Trouble on the Costas
In Aspect 1 we dealt with a new Spanish regulation improve, obliging auto owners who are driving in Spain on Uk or Irish amount plates, to modify to Spanish plates within 30 times. This rule actually applies to inhabitants but not to non-inhabitants who could use their motor vehicle for 6 months of any year in that state.
Even so Spanish Police are not definitely as well concerned about drawing a variation involving the two and are quite delighted to impound any auto for a 7 days until eventually you can confirm which you are!
As a non-resident you require to carry all your motor vehicle documentation and a document in Spanish outlining you are a vacationer remaining in the country for less than 6 months, could assistance resolve a volatile circumstance.
For inhabitants there is a further threat lurking among the ex-pat populace. Just when you imagine you are obtaining fantastic info about your car and its foreseeable future in Spain, you could be lured into an information and facts entice. There are now ex-pats providing the support of conversion of non-Spanish auto to a Spanish registration. This could be a legitimate present. It may possibly not be!
Janet Extended moved to Malaga in the Spring. She drove her motor vehicle out final month and was produced mindful of the law transform on quantity plates by an English pal who did not know all the info but set her in touch with an individual who did! She had listened to that this chap could do all the paperwork for her and change every little thing more than to a Spanish registration for about 550 euros. Paul Meadows was an ex-pat who experienced lived in the place for several several years, he experienced numerous work opportunities in his everyday living and realized his way all around the regional police stations and tax business. He presented to enable Janet with her problem and in truth confirmed it would price minor far more than 550 Euros. He recommended her to go to the neighborhood British Consulate and get an importation certification for 36 Euros and have her passport stamped. Then she desired to go to her community Town Hall and acquire a “Padrone”, a certification showing she was a resident in her area Authority. He offered no support in these issues and it proved pretty tough to receive the “Padrone” and took her a full working day! Then Paul suggested he would purchase the new lights for her car or truck, a Chrysler Voyager.
Just one day afterwards he named back again. The lights were much more expensive than he experienced considered and would expense 950 Euros in addition fitting. The invoice was most likely now to be 1500 Euros. A week afterwards he rang once again and claimed the more MOT paper would expense a different 100 Euros and that VAT would be payable. Sure you can calculate like me that Janet is now in for 1600 Euros. The working day of the appointment arrived and Paul rang once again to recommend her to deliver at the very least 2000 Euros in income so that there would not be any problem! Later on that working day the remaining bill came to 1864 Euros.
When I caught up with her last week it was as well late and it experienced all been done, and so experienced she!
The British Consulate recommended me what a man or woman really should do if they wished to change their automobile to a Spanish registration. Sure you want their import declaration form, the “Padrone” and a legitimate MOT certificate which would only be provided if the accurate lights were fitted. Armed with all this documentation Janet ought to have gone to the neighborhood Tax business and submitted her situation. Obtaining purchased the new car a single yr ago in a genuine offer in the United kingdom she had compensated English VAT and purchase tax, she experienced the invoice of sale and the DVLC doc which she experienced loaded in to state that she was exporting the motor vehicle to Spain. (After this DVLC would have no further more desire in the motor vehicle.)
The Spanish tax office environment would agree that tax has previously been compensated and that the British Consulate had checked that she was a declared bone fide Uk citizen. Her doc would be even more stamped.
At the Targeted traffic division with all these paperwork, she could obtain her Spanish registration and her range. Again to the Garage to in shape the new plates and she was accomplished! This sounds horrendous, but it is really not, just a number of days of your everyday living, which someone might cost a rate to aid you attain or a Spanish talking pal can hold your hand.
It really is that fee truly which worried me. I checked with the Chrysler dealer in Malaga. The value of 2 new headlamp units was 800 Euros full. The rate equipped was 850 Euros, 30 minutes work and reasonably billed at a minimum amount hourly charge. The labour carries VAT at 16%, 8 Euros. The MOT must value no additional than 150 Euros based on whether there is other work concerned.
My maximum estimate for the complete was 1050 Euros.
You may possibly attract your have conclusions.