Road tax and insurance in spain

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01 Jul 2017 23:50 by Smartcar7272 Star rating. 3 posts Send private message

Hi all

Next September were going to try the winter in spain up to April,  we will be renting.

What do we do about road tax and insurance, for that length of time please.

Any advice 


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02 Jul 2017 00:05 by mariedav Star rating in Ciudad Quesada. 1094 posts Send private message

You have to make sure your road tax, MOT and insurance are valid for the entire stay. 

You can check with your insurance company if they will cover you for that amount of time (most will only give 90 days and reduce the cover to 3rd party unless you pay extra but some companies like Saga will do it for longer). 

The car must be legal in its own country so you need everything to be valid for that time. You can do road tax on line but the car, if UK registered, must have a UK MOT. You cannot have it MOTd (ITV in Spain).here.


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02 Jul 2017 10:13 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message

Re insurance.  For more than 25 years all EU insurance policies have been obliged to provide 3rd party (obligatory) insurance throughout the EU for the life of the policy.

Of course if you require a higher level of cover,  you need to ask your insurance company about extra cost and any conditions they may wish to impose.

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02 Jul 2017 13:06 by Smartcar7272 Star rating. 3 posts Send private message

Hi thanks for the info, just not to sure if we have to get the road tax here or in Spain.


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02 Jul 2017 14:22 by johnzx Star rating in Spain. 5247 posts Send private message


You can only 'road tax' a vehicle in the country where it is registered

The same applies to MOT.  So if you are scheduled to be away when a current MOT expires you will need to have it re-tested again before you leave UK so that you will have a cert. which will remain valid for that period

Also be aware you will need to leave Spain before you have been there PERMANENTLY for 3 months, or you will have to register on the EU Citizens Register.  (It may be enough just to visit France, Andorra, Portugal, or Gibraltar for a day. Keep some proof that you done so, maybe a visa receipt for petrol).  I have not been able to find any official information what would constitute not being there `permanently.’


This message was last edited by johnzx on 02/07/2017.

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02 Jul 2017 23:50 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4523 posts Send private message

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Knowing that they're leaving in April surely constitutes not being permanent? It would be utterly pointless them registering, just a load of hassle for absolutely nothing, and I can't think of any good reason to leave for a day before the  three months expires. Who in Spanish Officialdom will be in the least bit interested? They will be tourists, plain and simple.

P.S. Don't forget your EHIC.



"Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please"

Mark Twain




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03 Jul 2017 10:21 by Smartcar7272 Star rating. 3 posts Send private message

Hi thanks for all the info we really are not wanting to live or work in Spain just basically spend winter away this will  be our yearly holiday. We have grandchildren in UK that we could never leave. So basically any info on extended holidays we wanted to make sure our car is legal for Spain.

thanks carol 

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