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Old Oct 6th 2017, 4:19 pm   #1
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Question Bringing car to Mallorca from UK - student!

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I am living in Santa Ponsa and finding it hard getting about using public transport, so I am thinking of bringing my car over from the UK.

I am a university student, but I am in Mallorca on my year abroad. I am working as a language assistant in a school and I will be paid 700 euros monthly by the British Council. I have an NIE and empadronamiento certificate.

Does anybody have any advice for me re the rules about having your car on Spanish roads? (Tax, insurance, driving licence, costs etc). I will only be living here until early June, and will bring my car over in November. I can't find an up-to-date answer on Google, so thought I would try here.

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Old Oct 6th 2017, 4:31 pm   #2
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Hello!

I am living in Santa Ponsa and finding it hard getting about using public transport, so I am thinking of bringing my car over from the UK.

I am a university student, but I am in Mallorca on my year abroad. I am working as a language assistant in a school and I will be paid 700 euros monthly by the British Council. I have an NIE and empadronamiento certificate.

Does anybody have any advice for me re the rules about having your car on Spanish roads? (Tax, insurance, driving licence, costs etc). I will only be living here until early June, and will bring my car over in November. I can't find an up-to-date answer on Google, so thought I would try here.

Thanks!
Hi Elundberg,

There's lots of information about bringing your car over, but as far as I remember, it'll only be allowed for 1-3 months at a time, or else it will need to be registered on Spanish plates - if you want your insurance to be valid, that is. Having a British car here might seem cheaper, but if you have to transfer it to Spanish plates, then it'll be over € 1000 to get it registered here, and will cost you probably the same to put it back on UK plates afterwards, so not really worth it for a temporary stay, I'd say.

Not only that, but the journey to get it here alone with ferries, fuel, tolls, overnight stops and food/drink expenses could be close on that figure again. Balearic ferries aren't exactly cheap.

Considering the time you're here is off-season, it might be worth looking into hiring a car on a monthly basis instead for those months. You'd be surprised at the deals available, especially by those NOT based in the airport, but instead in places like Son Oms, SP or Magaluf even...! Just call into their offices and negotiate yourself a good deal.

Just look around first to get yourself some 'Excess hire car insurance', as then you won't be screwed by the hire company for their insurance instead.

All the best anyway, hope this helps!
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It is normally six months before you are obliged to register your car.

However, there is an exemption for students, however that would not seem to apply in your case as you are working.

This is the EU guidance

If you are staying in another country and your only reason for staying there is to study, you can drive your car without having to register it or pay taxes there - as long as you are enrolled in an educational establishment in that country. But if as a student you start working during your residence there, you must register your car in this country.


http://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens...s/index_en.htm

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Old Oct 20th 2017, 8:16 pm   #5
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It wont be cheap to get your car there or to stay legal, buy/rent as and when you need a car or how about a moped/
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Old Oct 21st 2017, 6:46 am   #6
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Why not just *buy* a used car? You could probably buy an old golf or fiesta for under €1000.
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