Can you purchase a used car and obtain insurance in Spain with a United States drivers license Without owning property?

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06 Jul 2019 11:47 AM by Caprius Star rating. 1 posts Send private message

I am in Marbella searching for property and meanwhile tired of renting cars from expensive car rental agencies. I know I will be staying here long term and would like to avoid paying for car rental by purchasing a car as soon as possible. Can anyone help me to answer the question above, whether I can buy and obtain proper insurance with just my passport, NIE number and a United States drivers license?

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06 Jul 2019 12:05 PM by Kavanagh Star rating in Oil Drum Lane Newcas.... 1229 posts Send private message

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Hi there Caprius

A bit of a long shot but have you tried enquiring at some insurance companies?

There is enough in the world for everyone, but not enough for the greedy!

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06 Jul 2019 4:03 PM by nigel188 Star rating in Estepona. 647 posts Send private message

Good Afternoon

Here is all you need to know on this one website


Good Luck




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06 Jul 2019 10:22 PM by mariedav Star rating in Ciudad Quesada. 1181 posts Send private message

Sorry Nigel188, that doesn't answer his question at all and quite a few things wrong with it. I think it is referring to EU citizens not 3rd countries like the USA.

It doesn't mention he will need an IDP, it says you have to carry a spare tyre (not for several years since they started supplying cars with sticky blow up stuff). It says you need residency (then goes on to describe the padron) which you can't get in many places unless you take up residency.

For insurance, Kavanagh has it spot on and he should simply ask the insurance company.

I'm assuming he has a long term stay visa.



This message was last edited by mariedav on 06/07/2019.

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08 Jul 2019 12:57 PM by mariadecastro Star rating in Algeciras (Cadiz). 9383 posts Send private message

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Padron Registration

International Driving license

should suffice for your purpose




Maria L. de Castro, JD, MA



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