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Old 13th June 2019, 04:31 PM
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Hi Everyone... only a few weeks before we get our new property and thinking about a washing machine... should I purchase a new one in the UK which will have the instructions in English and the operating dials or should i purchase in Spain where the warranty will be easier to sort if there's an issue...

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With the internet getting operating info in English should be no problem

I have lived here a long time and bought all electrical appliances in Spain. Never had any reason not to continue doing so and as you said the using the guarantee if required would probably far simpler

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With a lot of electrical appliances sold now, the instruction booklets which come with the machine are printed in multiple languages anyway (although that makes the print so small you need to buy a magnifying glass as well to read them!). I would certainly buy one in Spain because of the warranty issue.
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With a lot of electrical appliances sold now, the instruction booklets which come with the machine are printed in multiple languages anyway (although that makes the print so small you need to buy a magnifying glass as well to read them!). I would certainly buy one in Spain because of the warranty issue.
and definitely shop locally. Using your local person who sells those types of appliance will mean that you will get far better after-sales service, often within an hour if you need it, no waiting for weeks for somebody to come out from a distance.

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and definitely shop locally. Using your local person who sells those types of appliance will mean that you will get far better after-sales service, often within an hour if you need it, no waiting for weeks for somebody to come out from a distance.
Yes, I quite agree - and if someone has limited Spanish at first, it's much easier to deal with someone in your local shop face to face, I think, rather than trying to understand someone on the phone in Spanish.
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Have to agree with Baldi about using your local people but alas some of these people can just not compete with the likes of Worten,Media Mkt,Carrefour.You only have to look on their sites to see what offers they have got on so I would say shop around for your best deal.As for guarantees after being here for well over 24years never ever had a problem and your guarantees are usually for 2years with the option to take out extra warranty and if your Spanish is limited you will always find in the bigger stores somebody who speaks En glish.
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Just something to think about.

Shipping cost from Uk to Spain.

if you buy the washing machine in the UK how much is it adding to the shipping costs?
Washing machines are heavy (there is a lump of concrete on the drum)

I worked out it was cheaper to buy new in Spain than to transport the stuff from here in the Uk.
All we are bringing are our clothes, personal stuff, my record collection and stereo and a few other bits.

No furniture or white goods at all.
Its dropped what we are shipping by about 3/4 and will save at least £1000
So instead of using a moving company Im looking at one way van hire.
So I save on the flights and hire car as well. And we get a nice drive instead...

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Thank you, everyone, for the replies. I'm going to buy in Spain just need to find an outlet near Valencia. I'm buying a LHD car in the UK and will drive down with survival bits while we get sorted, we're not 100% sure whats being left by the owners and what condition it's really in and will ship the remaining items by one of the guys on here who got recommended... Happy days sooooon :]

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Thank you, everyone, for the replies. I'm going to buy in Spain just need to find an outlet near Valencia. I'm buying a LHD car in the UK and will drive down with survival bits while we get sorted, we're not 100% sure whats being left by the owners and what condition it's really in and will ship the remaining items by one of the guys on here who got recommended... Happy days sooooon :]
Bear in mind that you may well be faced with the costs of homologation, etc. for that LHD car if it is not on Spanish plates which may tot up to over 1500€ and again, what do you do if it goes wrong just after you get it to Spain. Not necessarily very likely but someone recently moved to the village bought a vehicle from a dealer near Málaga and, shortly after, the engine died, requiring several thousand Euro's worth of repairs. Málaga is 170km away from here by car and there is no public transport between here and there without several changes and taking 6-7 hours. No courtesy car was available. OK the dealer refunded the purchase price but there was still a lot of hassle to get it all sorted out and not easy when it is so far away - even worse from Spain to UK!!

We bought our vehicles locally and we get good service because we have built up a good relationship with the dealer (Main Citroen agent in the area) so whenever our car is in for anything, we have a courtesy car.
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Am I right in thinking that Spanish washing machines only use cold water, and the machine heats it to the required temperature, but British ones have both hot and cold inputs?

Also bear in mind that detergents in Spain are "bio" and work at low temperatures. I do most of my washes at 30º or 40º. There's a special "activador" for whites, which you add to the regular detergent, and they come out sparkling even at these temperatures.
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