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Is it a difficult and costly procedure transferring a UK car to Spanish registration, or is it easier and more cost effective to simply buy a new car in Spain?

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Is it a difficult and costly procedure transferring a UK car to Spanish registration, or is it easier and more cost effective to simply buy a new car in Spain?
The real answer to that depends on whether your just over here for the summer months but intend to
continue being a permanent resident in the UK or whether your moving to Spain for good; in which
case your better off selling ( and getting a good price for your RHD car in the UK than you would
ever get in Spain ) and buying a new or used LHD car in Spain already on Spanish plates.

As for the procedure for doing it, there's a charge with the biggest charge being the headlights,
to shine on the correct side of the road at night but there again is it worth retaining a UK RHD
car where the car parking machines for entering car parks are on the passenger side of the
car and the same for toll roads in Spain.

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It’s hopefully a permanent move

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The real answer is that it depends on how long you plan on keeping it.

If you're someone who likes to change regularly then it makes little or no sense at all.

RHD-v-LHD is a matter of personal choice and if you're not already sure about that then probably best to not to bring it.

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Hola

I always ask the questions:- Is it a good car without any problems? and Do you intend to keep it for the next couple of years?

Sometimes, Spain is not your cup of tea and it may have taken you a year to decide; You may, or may not want to return to the UK in that case, but you need to weigh up the costs if you get it wrong

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.... When we were out here for brief periods of the year we brought out an old family car - used to belong to my Mother, small engine, low mileage and rematriculated it. From memory it was c€550 to put an 8 year old Toyota onto Spanish plates. Plus about £250 for new headlights and taillight (the reversing and fog lamps needed to switch sides on this model - which is not the case for every car).

As we spent more time here and drove more here, the left Vs right driver side issues became more of an irritation and finally we purchased a LHD car locally. In our experience with the steering wheel on the wrong side, you pay more to insure, toll roads and car parks will always be a pain when only one person is in the car and some junctions are a nightmare to navigate safely. Maybe you're more tolerant than us - but as a rematriculated RHD car it is worth very little and almost impossible to part exchange - we felt the need to swap.

Good luck - whatever you decide to do!

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Is it a difficult and costly procedure transferring a UK car to Spanish registration, or is it easier and more cost effective to simply buy a new car in Spain?
i have just been quoted 850euros just for the paperwork ( that does include change of ownership) for a 1998 ford focus 1.8 LX, in all fairness i was given the spotless car free that is a one owner low milage with FULL!!! service history etc from new, that drives perfectly, financially it probably doesn´t make sense short term, but as a long term run about i can´t really fault it.
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There is no reason for a RHD to be more expensive to insure than a LHD.

If a company tries to load it go elsewhere.

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