Taking and leaving a car in Spain

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05 Sep 2020 10:42 by Maceyg62 Star rating. 8 posts Send private message


after considerable research, I recently brought a 2008 corsa for my son here in the uk. Perfect car owned by a pensioner, service every year and had done 3,000 miles per year. My son , foolishly drove over the limit, so the car sits on the drive. The car is too good to sell.

We have a small lock up and leave, near Moraira. I've looked at the price of cars in Spain and they seem quite high.

Does anyone know how easy it is the register a UK plate as a permanent car in Spain (if that is a thing)

What are the road taxes like?

Typical yearly insurance?

I have heard there are reasonable priced car parks (fields) near Alicante airport, where you can leave cars.

just trying to get a comparison to the car hire charges for around 6 visits per year. More in later life.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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05 Sep 2020 12:21 by ob123 Star rating in Southern Ireland. 182 posts Send private message

Hi There, The cheapest cars in Spain are new one secondhand cars are expensive, I bought a new car in Spain in 2011 the road tax is only €50 a Year, full Comp insurance about €250 the cheapeat company is Linea Direct, to get Spainsh number plates is expensive enough I think but you could check that out. I polish my car cover it and put it into my underground garage and its so handy to have it, rental cars are cheap but when you add the Insurance they are expensive. There Is company I know and he will collect you at the Airport and drop you at your house for €15.00 hope this helps you to decide whats the best for you........

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05 Sep 2020 12:40 by Kavanagh Star rating in Oil Drum Lane Newcas.... 1106 posts Send private message

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  1. Generally car hire in Spain is cheap and convenient.


  1. A UK registered car can remain in Spain for as long as it remains fully legal and is driven by a non resident. Of course there are restrictions on how long a non resident person can stay in Spain. This situation is not really practical if the vehicle requires an annual UK MOT, also the DVLA should be notified that the vehicle has been exported, but some owners ignore this rule.


  1. When importing a vehicle permanently into Spain most people use a transfer specialist to complete the Spanish registration in order to avoid the hassle. They will charge you a fee, the vehicle headlights will need to be changed, there maybe import duty to pay and that will be affected if you are an EU or non EU citizen, BREXIT? If you google ‘’importing a car to Spain’’ you will find a mass of information. Also driving a RHD car in Spain your neck may require ample VOLTAREN EMULGEL Gel.

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

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