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17 Apr 2016 7:49 PM by dbd Star rating. 63 posts Send private message

we are moving to Spain at either end of June or beginning of July. Will be taking car. As far as I know can only legally keep car in Spain for four weeks. Is this true? Want to drive to Spain but how long can I keep car for without having to register it? Want to make sure it is insured.

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17 Apr 2016 7:57 PM by newworld Star rating. 940 posts Send private message

My UK insurance lets me drive abroad for 60 days some companies give you 90 days, check your policy, Are you moving to Spain full time from June ?

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17 Apr 2016 8:44 PM by hugh_man Star rating in Kent/Roda . 1594 posts Send private message

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Most UK insurances only insure your car whilst abroad for 3rd Party, check your own, and for a limited number of days.

I have just insured mine fully comp or Green Card they called it for a specific 62 days whilst abroad. Not cheap.

Not sure of the legalities before re registering abroad but I believe you are not supposed to stay longer than 6 months and you will need to ensure either your UK insurance or a local company will insure you while on UK plates

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17 Apr 2016 9:09 PM by bobaol Star rating. 2256 posts Send private message

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Big difference between taking your car to Spain for a visit and moving to Spain permanently.

If you are moving permanently, you are to start the process of transfer within 30 days of arrival. Just like UK, if you are going to be a resident you are permitted to drive from the port of arrival to your home only. Once you are a Spanish resident you cannot drive a foreign plated vehicle. Exactly the same as UK where a UK resident cannot drive a foreign plated vehicle.

The "up to six months" rule is only for visitors, not for residents. 

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18 Apr 2016 3:11 PM by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5255 posts Send private message


Unless the EU Directive has been changed, all EU companies must provide minimum cover (3rd Party) in all EU countries for the entire period of the policy.

They may not like to admit it though.

However you say you are  moving to Spain, so it is as bob says .

Incidentally,  if an EU citizen moves to Spain, they must immediately register on the EU Citizen’s Register, the 3 months, 183 day rules do not apply in that case.

PS    A way to circumnavigate that is to come to Spain intending to stay for no more than 3 months. If during that time you decide to stay longer, you get a job or move here, it is then that you must register. That way you can drive your UK car as a non resident.

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