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Old Nov 10th 2018, 5:44 pm
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We retire in 14 months and have just sold our house in the UK. With the money in the bank, our plans are to buy a motor home and explore Southern Spain until we find where we want to buy our forever home and settle down, we initally were planning on buying a UK registered left hand drive motor home to do this in then when we finally buy our property in Spain, either import this motor home or sell it back in the UK and buy a Spanish registered motor home instead. We today went to look at some motor homes but were advised that we should buy a right hand drive motor home instead, as will be easier to re sell back in the UK, as the dealer claims it will cost too much to export a motor home to Spain. Are there any motor homes owners in Spain who can advice us, as to whether its wiser to buy left hand drive or toght hand drive, and what price roughly to import?...Thank you in advance.
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Old Nov 10th 2018, 6:34 pm
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On another forum, the poster was advised to wait and buy in Spain. You would have to have it registered in Spain after 6 months and apparently there is a palaver and costs to do this
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Old Nov 10th 2018, 7:07 pm
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There are problems trying to import a RHD motorhome into Spain; some will tell you that you don't have "all round vision" and others will tell you that the door is on the wrong side. A lot depends on where you take it and the person doing the inspection on the day.

If you intend to return the motorhome to the UK and sell it - then buy in the UK - I know that LHD motorhomes do sell in the UK as a lot of people go abroad (but no idea after Brexit)

If you intend to import it and use it then buy a LHD motorhome

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Old Nov 11th 2018, 9:56 am
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Hola
There are problems trying to import a RHD motorhome into Spain; some will tell you that you don't have "all round vision" and others will tell you that the door is on the wrong side. A lot depends on where you take it and the person doing the inspection on the day.

If you intend to return the motorhome to the UK and sell it - then buy in the UK - I know that LHD motorhomes do sell in the UK as a lot of people go abroad (but no idea after Brexit)

If you intend to import it and use it then buy a LHD motorhome

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We did exactly that when we retired. Bought a LHD Motorhome on UK plates. We go back to UK twice a year so MOT wasn't a problem. We now have a Spanish registered one. The cost to run is far less on a Spanish registered vehicle. Insurance, MOT, Road Fund licence are all much more expensive in UK. 're matriculation is not possible on a RHD Motorhome for the reason already mentioned. It is also very expensive. We intended to do it with our first one but never got round to it. When we came to trade it at Autocaravanas Hidalgo in Seville it had to be done to sell it on in Spain. The cost was €3000. Second hand in Spain are not plentiful and very expensive. It is cheaper and there is more choice to buy LHD in Germany or France and have it rematriculated or register it in UK. New are very competitive in Spain and I can highly recommend Autocaravanas Hidalgo who have showrooms in Malaga and Seville. They also run a hire fleet.
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Old Nov 11th 2018, 5:28 pm
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Thank you for your reply, Its good to hear that others have done as we are planning to do, If we buy a UK reg LHD and bring it to Spain, would it be possible to use it without having to marticulate it in Spain, we would no doubt return annually for MOT and be visiting friends in Spain and Portugal etc, I understand the risk is that of confiscation of your vehicle if found out? Or would it be better just to return our van to the UK and sell it once we have found the home we want to buy, and buy a Spanish registered one?
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Old Nov 11th 2018, 8:45 pm
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Thank you for your reply, Its good to hear that others have done as we are planning to do, If we buy a UK reg LHD and bring it to Spain, would it be possible to use it without having to marticulate it in Spain, we would no doubt return annually for MOT and be visiting friends in Spain and Portugal etc, I understand the risk is that of confiscation of your vehicle if found out? Or would it be better just to return our van to the UK and sell it once we have found the home we want to buy, and buy a Spanish registered one?
No problem at all. You will need fulltiming insurance. Prepare for £800 for that. Take the Motorhome back to UK for MOT road fund etc. There is no problem at all and you are not illegal in any way whatsoever.
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Old Nov 11th 2018, 8:54 pm
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No problem at all. You will need fulltiming insurance. Prepare for £800 for that. Take the Motorhome back to UK for MOT road fund etc. There is no problem at all and you are not illegal in any way whatsoever.
Don't bring RHD unless you are prepared to return it to UK for sale.
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