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The Foreigner and the Car

The Foreigner and the Car

3. Buying a car in Spain


Foreigners, whether from the European Union or not, may buy a car in Spain, either a second or a new one, and have their car to use in Spain for a total of 6 moths (it is not necessary a 6-month continuous period) in any calendar year. In order to buy a Spanish-registered car, foreigners need to meet one of the following requirements:

New car

The price for the same new car may vary in Spain from a dealer to another. Also, if you give your old car to pay the new one, you will find the price highly reduced, depending on your old car value. In the event that the car model you have chosen is not available at the time of your request, you should fill in a purchase order for a new car. Pitfalls to avoid:

Once you are given your new vehicle, the dealer shall supply the following documents:

You must contract the mandatory car insurance. Non-residents buying a car in Spain will be exempt from the Special vehicle registration tax (impuesto municipal sobre circulación de vehículos). Purchasers must pay the VAT at a rate of 16 percent and the registration tax. Non-EU foreigners may purchase new cars in Spain avoiding the VAT and vehicle registration tax payment. These are only general guidelines, other questions applicable to your individual case shall be directed to a Spanish Lawyer. Second hand car

If you buy a second-hand car in Spain, whether privately or from a car dealer, you should be provided with the following documents:

Check the vehicle history before buying any car, as the vehicle may have past debts and the creditor is entitled to use the car as an asset for seizure. Either the seller or buyer, depending on what both parties agreed, shall apply for a new registration certificate, in order to transfer the ownership of the vehicle (notificación de transferencia de vehículos), obtainable from the provincial traffic department. Both parties must sign this document.

The buyer must pay:

About the guarantee:

The seller is liable for the later possible imperfections of the vehicle, which could not be discovered by a non-expert car buyer. Private buyers may renounce this guarantee, however, the dealer is mandatory responsible for imperfections on the car.

About the car insurance:

If you buy a second hand car you may subrogate the seller's car insurance, the insurance company shall be informed about this. Make sure that the seller is current in his periodic payments, otherwise once the vehicle is transferred, you will be liable for the amounts pending of payment. These are only general guidelines, other questions applicable to your individual case shall be directed to a Spanish Lawyer.



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