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.
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.