Countdown to Brexit
Every month hundreds of vehicles from the UK are registered in Spain. Holiday home owners and people moving to Spain, bring their car over, decide to keep it here, and register it on to Spanish number plates.
When the UK leaves the EU, many things currently taken for granted by Brits in Spain, will no longer be a given. Things like the right to reside, freedom of unhindered movement within the EU, and the right to bring possessions, like vehicles, with you when you move.
The recently agreed ‘Flextension’ has given more time for anyone planning to settle (or remain settled) in Spain, to get all their ducks in a row. The ‘flex’ clause however, does mean that the UK can leave ANY time between NOW and the new deadline of 31st October. This means things like getting your residency card, registering on the padron, exchanging driving licences and registering vehicles from the UK, still needs to be done with urgency.
Registering Vehicles from the UK in Spain after Brexit if there’s a Deal
The agreed ‘Brexit deal’ preserves the rights of UK nationals who are currently lawfully residing in Spain and other EU countries. It does not however preserve the freedom of movement of goods. This is what the current right to bring and register UK vehicles in Spain falls under. Under the ‘deal’, trade agreements, (for movement of goods), will be worked out through the transition period which runs up to December 2020.
During the transition period, most things are expected to remain as they are, until the end of 2020. Therefore, if the UK leaves the EU under the agreed deal, you should have a bit more time to register UK vehicles in Spain as you can now. The problem is, as things stand, the chances of an orderly exit from the EU with a deal aren’t looking good.
Registering Vehicles from the UK in Spain after Brexit if there’s no Deal
If the UK crashes out of the EU with no deal, UK vehicles brought into Spain will be treated as imports from third countries.
They will be subject to 10% customs duty plus customs and handling fees ranging from €200 – €300, and in some cases 21% VAT! This all on top of the usual registration costs.
For example, take the 2011 BMW 320 Touring, that we used in our article The Cost to Get Spanish Number Plates for a UK Registered Vehicle. Registering this vehicle in Spain, now, will cost around €750 to €1,000, including registration tax. (Depending on whether you do most of the running around yourself, or pay someone to do it for you.) After a no deal Brexit, the custom costs BEFORE it can be registered, could be in the region of €3,000!
If you are thinking about getting your UK vehicle registered in Spain, you have two choices. Get it registered now, or wait and run the risk of having huge extra costs.
The authorities have already reacted to an increase in residency applications, by tightening the requirements for proving that you qualify. No doubt there’ll be push back as UK vehicle registrations start to increase. Even if Brexit doesn’t happen until 31st October, there’s not a huge amount of time, given that in many areas, Spain all but shuts down for the best part of 3 months over summer! We recommend anyone thinking about registering their UK car, to stop thinking, and get on with it.
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