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painterhombre Jul 1st 2009 6:58 am

best way to avoid car import tax?
 
Hi. I have a LHD uk registered car, bought in the UK, and we are moving to spain with the car. By the time i get there, i will only have owned the car for 3 months.

If i register it then into Spanish, i understand i will have to pay a hefty tax, in addition to the registration and itv charge? Is this correct?

Can i not just wait for 3 months living there and THEN have it replated?

any ideas? The car already has a european conformity cert and LHD headlights.

would be grateful of any advice..........

:thumbsup:

Fred James Jul 1st 2009 7:15 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 
You have 90 days as a tourist in Spain before you are obliged to register.

You can start the reregistration process at that time and by then you will have owned the car for the requisite 6 months.

It is the registration tax which is the expensive one as it is based on the car's value. This is the tax that you can avoid by prompt action.

Dxf Jul 1st 2009 8:17 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 
Hi

There are other ways around it. But they are not considered legal therefore pm me for a diferent outlook on life (I do not wish to upset the moderators)

Davexf

painterhombre Jul 1st 2009 8:57 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by Fred James (Post 7714183)
You have 90 days as a tourist in Spain before you are obliged to register.

You can start the reregistration process at that time and by then you will have owned the car for the requisite 6 months.

It is the registration tax which is the expensive one as it is based on the car's value. This is the tax that you can avoid by prompt action.

cool! :D

It is myself and my wife going over, so does that mean SHE registers (so our daughter can go to school) but i am just "possibly in the country temporarily" ;) until the car gets matriculated, and THEN i put myself down as a permanent resident yes?

Fred James Jul 1st 2009 9:05 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by painterhombre (Post 7714480)
cool! :D

It is myself and my wife going over, so does that mean SHE registers (so our daughter can go to school) but i am just "possibly in the country temporarily" ;) until the car gets matriculated, and THEN i put myself down as a permanent resident yes?

No, you wait the 3 months and then register - THEN you start the registration process.

As DFX says, there may be other ways - ask him.

painterhombre Jul 1st 2009 9:13 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by Fred James (Post 7714507)
No, you wait the 3 months and then register - THEN you start the registration process.

As DFX says, there may be other ways - ask him.

:huh:

thanks for the answer but what i meant was my wife will HAVE to register as far as i know or we cant get my girl into a spanish school, but i WAIT for a few months yes?

sort of..........my wife will be registered as living in spain but myself will only be a tourist etc? (until a few months down the line)???????????

Fred James Jul 1st 2009 9:57 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 
Yes, that was my understanding of your post.

She registers immediately, you wait 90 days. Both options are perfectly legal.

painterhombre Jul 1st 2009 10:03 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by Fred James (Post 7714646)
Yes, that was my understanding of your post.

She registers immediately, you wait 90 days. Both options are perfectly legal.

:thumbsup:

thanks fred, your advice is very much appreciated.

Muchos gracias amigo.
:thumbup:

brand new Apr 1st 2010 12:03 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by Dxf (Post 7714344)
Hi

There are other ways around it. But they are not considered legal therefore pm me for a diferent outlook on life (I do not wish to upset the moderators)

Davexf

Hi Davexf, can you pm me? I am very curious! Thanks in advance.

Dxf Apr 1st 2010 7:11 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 
Hi

I have pm'd you; to other forum members I will add that the empadron is now dated as to when the first empadron was issued. The consulate now demands that they see the empadron. This means that it is more difficult to avoid the tax unless you do it immediately you buy the house as most estate agents "helpfully" put you on the empadron at the same time as getting the NIE number.

This has caused problems for people who have had their house as a holiday home until they retire here

Davexf

painterhombre Apr 1st 2010 10:04 am

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 
blimey who resurrected this post?????????

........sold the car (still uk plated) and bought (a crap) spanish plated car instead.

case closed!

bfg69bug Apr 4th 2010 6:05 pm

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by painterhombre (Post 8465122)
blimey who resurrected this post?????????

........sold the car (still uk plated) and bought (a crap) spanish plated car instead.

case closed!

who cares, its still relevant. and its a "thread" not a "post".

im in the process of transferring a jeep, but im not sure its worth it - 40+ k € book price new - could sell it for 2k tomorrow.

Rotor Apr 9th 2010 2:09 pm

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by bfg69bug (Post 8471899)
who cares, its still relevant. and its a "thread" not a "post".

im in the process of transferring a jeep, but im not sure its worth it - 40+ k € book price new - could sell it for 2k tomorrow.

How olds your Jeep ? be aware they are not worth much after 5/6 years and it may well be better not to bother ,sell it in the UK, the prices for Jeep spares are frightening and I see major failures regulary in the motor trade.

bfg69bug Apr 9th 2010 2:12 pm

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 

Originally Posted by Rotor (Post 8484278)
How olds your Jeep ? be aware they are not worth much after 5/6 years and it may well be better not to bother ,sell it in the UK, the prices for Jeep spares are frightening and I see major failures regulary in the motor trade.

oh its here in spain already, not being used. just figured i´d put it on spanish plates and use it for weekends / 4x4 fun in the campo with the mijas club.

Dxf Apr 9th 2010 6:02 pm

Re: best way to avoid car import tax?
 
Hi

Watch out on Jeeps - the tyres MUST be european (Not american) and the lights must conform - we have had problems in the past

Davexf


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