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29 Oct 2011 12:00 AM by itsshreck Star rating. 17 posts Send private message

hi can anyone help me

iam thinking of buying a motorbike that has been stood for approx 2 years in spain and the owner can not find the paper work (yet)

i know that if in uk i can just pay a fee and re apply for the log book

so my questions are

1 can i do the same in spain if so what will it cost and how do i go about it ?

2 how do i check if the said bike owes anything in taxes etc ?


thanks for your help

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30 Oct 2011 12:07 PM by itsshreck Star rating. 17 posts Send private message

can anyone help with any input please ?



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30 Oct 2011 12:41 PM by bobaol Star rating. 2253 posts Send private message

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 Sorry, never bought one.  But I have bought a car and it was the responsibility of the seller to provide the paperwork, not the buyer.  

When you go to register the vehicle, the guy behind the counter should give a list of any "Impuesto sobre vehiculos" is outstanding.  If they are, the seller should pay them at the Ayuntamiento.  He should also tell you if there are any outstanding fines on the vehicle in which case the seller should pay them at the correct office before you purchase.  There may also be an embargo on the vehicle (not paid for, previous sellers documents wrong or whatever) in which case, say goodbye to the seller and look elsewhere.

I don't know where you'd get a copy of the "Permiso de circulacion" (log book) but would suggest this should be for the seller to sort out and not you.

I'm assuming the procedure is the same for a motorbike as it is for a car.  Any outstanding taxes, fines etc become your responsibility.  No correct log book in the name of the seller and he could take the vehicle back claiming he didn't sell it.

Can you not find a similar one from someone who has got the paperwork?




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30 Oct 2011 12:46 PM by itsshreck Star rating. 17 posts Send private message

hi thanks for the reply

the thing is it might be very cheap to buy but only if i know there is no outstanding debts on it and also i need to know that i can get a fresh log book in my name i know it seems like i should just forget it  but i thought i would just enquire  on here first


thanks for your input anyway

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30 Oct 2011 3:20 PM by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5242 posts Send private message

The easiest way, and quite cheap, would be for you to go with the seller to Gestor and get them to do the transfer.  Saves queues and you might even get the seller to pay or at they should share the cost.
I say this having sold a motorcycle to a Spaniard. I went with him to Malaga to do the transfer. It took hours

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