How much does it cost to register a UK or other EU vehicle on to Spanish number plates? We get asked this question everyday, it’s constantly being asked on Facebook and forums, and whilst it’s not a straightforward one to answer, because there are many variables, here we provide an accurate as possible guide to the costs, along with simple explanations and some tips.
The cost to register a UK or other EU vehicle Spanish number plates
We break down the costs into what we call the T’s, and some may or may not apply depending on the car or your situation.
Much conflicting information circulates about how long you can keep and drive a UK registered car in Spain. Even the authorities themselves seem to be confused and give differing responses.
Referencing information from official publications, we aim to present a practical explanation to answer the question.
Contrary to popular belief that a UK registered car can only kept and legally be driven in Spain for 6 months, the actual length of time will ultimately be dictated by the following:
We get asked lots of questions about bringing UK registered cars to Spain, and whenever we write, share articles or info, the comments and replies that we get, reveal a lot of confusion. Mis-information abounds regarding driving UK registered cars in Spain, keeping them here, and switching them to Spanish number plates.
So we’ve compiled a list of the most prevalent myths and FAQ’s, and answered them with facts and other useful info.
Driving UK registered cars in Spain
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When you register a vehicle in Spain, you almost always have to pay some form of vehicle tax. The type and amount that applies depends on the purpose of registration. There are 3 main circumstances when registering a vehicle where a vehicle tax may apply. These are:
- Purchase of a new vehicle
- Buying a second hand vehicle or changing ownership
- Importing or registering of a foreign vehicle
In all cases local Town Hall collected ‘road tax‘ – IVTM (Impuesto Sobre Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica), must be up to date for the vehicle.
Vehicle Tax – New Vehicle Purchase
New vehicle purchases in Spain are subject to IVA (Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido), Spanish VAT – currently 21% of purchase value.