Transition Period Countdown
Every year 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.
Now the UK has left EU, when the transition period ends, 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 preferential treatment of vehicles from the UK compared to non-EU vehicles when you bring them to Spain.
The transition period gives anyone planning to move to Spain from the UK until the end of the year to get things done like residency, exchanging driving licences and registering their UK cars onto Spanish number plates. With only a few weeks remaining until the end of the year, if you have brought a car the clock is ticking if you want to get it registered in Spain.
Registering Vehicles from the UK in Spain now
Under EU rules if you are moving from a non-EU country to live in an EU country, such as Spain, you can bring your possessions including cars, and avoid paying costly taxes and having to pay for expensive conformity certification.
These change of residence rules give you 60 days from the date you take up residency, to register your car. Therefore if you have had you residency for more than 60 days, and haven’t already registered your car, you cannot take advantage of the change of residence process.
If you are in this situation after the transition period ends, registering your UK car could become significantly more costly.
Fortunately, during the transition period EU rules continue to apply when registering a UK car onto Spanish number plates, so if you have a UK to register, you should get on with doing it without delay.
Registering Vehicles from the UK in Spain after the Transition Period ends
If no deal is agreed stating otherwise, UK cars brought to Spain will be treated as non-EU imports. This means they will need to go through customs.
They will attract a 10% customs duty plus customs and handling fees ranging from €200 – €300 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 €900, including registration tax. (Assuming you pay someone to do it for you.) Next year the customs costs would be just under €1,000, more than doubling the overall cost of registering the car onto Spanish number plates!
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.
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