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It depends on how much you like your car really.

Second hand cars here are more expensive than the UK, whereas new ones tend to be quite good value. When you move here you will of course become a Spanish resident, and as such you will not be allowed legally to drive an English plated car, and the rule now I think is that you have to get it matriculated on to Spanish plates within 60 days of residency. The Spanish police have been known recently to fine people and compensate the cars of offenders.

Also you need to matriculate within that 60 days of residency to avoid the import registration fees. You must have owned the car in the UK also for 6 months to qualify for this reduction. Even so, when I bought my car here the whole matriculation process cost about 950, so you have to factor that into your calculations.

Whilst its on UK plates in Spain it needs to have a current MOT in the UK and be road taxed. A UK insurance co is unlikely to cover the car over here once you become a resident. A Spanish insurance company may well insure the UK plated car, but if your MOT or road tax runs out it may be null and void.

So if you have a particular attachment to your car, or you haven't had it too long I guess you might consider bringing it.
I would love to bring in a LHD 1973 Jaguar E-type classic car from the USA. I would not of owned it very long at all. What taxes would I have to pay? Any tests? Would anyone do the paperwork for me? I am moving to Lanzarote.

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I know that a resident has 30 days to matriculate and a non resident is considered a "tourist" and therefore has .... i think its 9 months .... or is it 6 ??? Either way, I know legally that you must get your car matriculated after that time or it wont be considered legal. Now, I know there are a lot of expats who dont bother, but if they ever have a prang or worse, I wonder how compliant their insurance companies will be (I'm sure they'll happily take your money, but will they happily pay it out if necessary??) - and I wonder how understanding the guardia and the courts will be too! EEEEk, I sound like I'm having a go - I'm not LOL Honest!



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I'm sure you are not having a go - and on the whole I agree with Lynn - I have owned several Spanish plated cars. I've also used the same broker for over 10 years and the same insurance company for a '77 UK plated Jag for many years too. The Jag has moved to another home and I now have another toy - which I also use as a daily driver when in Spain. The 6 month thing refers I believe to time spent on the road. So the issue remains as cloudy as ever!

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I would love to bring in a LHD 1973 Jaguar E-type classic car from the USA. I would not of owned it very long at all. What taxes would I have to pay? Any tests? Would anyone do the paperwork for me? I am moving to Lanzarote.
Suggest you contact the local classic car club in Lanzarote - must be one. There is a Jag club in Barcelona - they could help I guess as well. Easy enough to import into the UK of course!!!!!!

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Well you are only supposed to keep it on the foreign plates for 6 months and after that you should reregister it on spanish plates, only problem there is that it costs around 1200 - 1500 euros, so weigh that up when considering the pros and cons too, I heard of a guy in La Cala de Mijas who kept his UK-plated car parked outside his business and the Guardia eventually fined him around 3000 euros for living and working in Spain and having his car on UK plates for more than 6 months, don't think that's an urban myth either, although it is probably a worse-care scenario


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Well you are only supposed to keep it on the foreign plates for 6 months and after that you should reregister it on spanish plates, only problem there is that it costs around 1200 - 1500 euros, so weigh that up when considering the pros and cons too, I heard of a guy in La Cala de Mijas who kept his UK-plated car parked outside his business and the Guardia eventually fined him around 3000 euros for living and working in Spain and having his car on UK plates for more than 6 months, don't think that's an urban myth either, although it is probably a worse-care scenario

There are a lot of expats that do it, but the guardia are really clamping down big time, certainly around my area. They need the money and expats in UK plated cars are very easy targets

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Well you are only supposed to keep it on the foreign plates for 6 months and after that you should reregister it on spanish plates, only problem there is that it costs around 1200 - 1500 euros, so weigh that up when considering the pros and cons too, I heard of a guy in La Cala de Mijas who kept his UK-plated car parked outside his business and the Guardia eventually fined him around 3000 euros for living and working in Spain and having his car on UK plates for more than 6 months, don't think that's an urban myth either, although it is probably a worse-care scenario
Its not 6 months, you have to start the process within 30 days of taking residencia. The 6 months thing relates to non residents where you keep a car in Spain for when you are on holiday. It can only be on ther Spanish road for a 6 month period.

If you register the car within this 30 day period then you dont have to pay the import regsitration fees. The fee for matriculating a car around here is normally around 600 - 900 without the import reg fees.

There are apparantly incidents of cars being seized now, as the various authorities begin to tighten up, as there are insurance issues as well. A car not legal in its country of origin is not legal here, i.e. MOT / road tax

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