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Running a car in Spain

Old Aug 6th 2005, 10:31 pm
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Anybody know about running a car or motorcycle in Spain? Road Tax, MOT
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Old Aug 6th 2005, 10:36 pm
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You may find some useful info here. It all depends on whether you are bringing the vehicle into the country from abroad or buying it in Spain.

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=311820
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Originally Posted by big wheels
You may find some useful info here. It all depends on whether you are bringing the vehicle into the country from abroad or buying it in Spain.

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=311820
Many thanks big wheels. I've been through all the threads but not seen
how much it actually costs to run a car in Spain.Eg how does their car tax
and ITV system work?
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Found this from other sites re the ITV test and car tax.

ITV Test
Motorcycles
Up to five years old - exempt
Over five years - every two years

Private Vehicles
Up to four years old - exempt
Four to ten years - every two years
Over ten years - every year

Caravans
Up to six years - exempt
Over six years - every two years

If the traffic police catch you without a current ITV sticker you may receive a fine of 90 to 150 euros (minimum). Your license could also be confiscated until you produce proof of passing the ITV (with a 10 day time limitation.)

What to expect:

You arrive at the ITV station and put your vehicle in the queue. You enter the building with your car registration and ITV document, pay the fee in cash ( no credit cards accepted) and go back and wait in your vehicle. When it is your turn they will ask you to honk your horn, turn on your windscreen blades, clean the windshield. They will ask you to put on your seat belt, turn on your indicators, use your brake lights and will gauge your emissions by placing a tube in the escape pipe and they will ask you to accelerate. They check the quality of your oil.

Next you will be told to drive onto a platform where they will check to brakes and the alignment of the tyres. If your vehicle does not pass the test, they will tell you what you need to have remedied in order to successfully pass the test. When your vehicle passes the test you will be given a sticker to place on your windscreen and the ITV documentation will be returned to you with the date of the next inspection noted on the document.

Ask your mechanic to give your vehicle the once over before going to ITV- it can save you a second trip!

As not everybody has the time nor the inclination to go through the ITV inspection process, many mechanics offer this service (usually at a cost of 50-75 euros).

Re Car Tax.
Every year you must pay a municipally imposed vehicle tax at your local town Hall. This tax "impuesto municipal sobre vehiculos de traccion mecanica" varies from municipality to municipality. As a general rule it is cheaper in rural areas, which sometimes leads Andalusian businesses with fleets of company vehicles to use a rural address for the official headquarters of their business. Small cars pay about 50 euros a year and larger ones 100 euros

hope this helps.

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Default Re: Running a car in Spain

Originally Posted by Rossi46

Anybody know about running a car or motorcycle in Spain? Road Tax, MOT
etc.
Regards
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You may find this site gives you an idea about running a car/motorcycle here in Spain
Motoring In Spain

or this site

Driving in Spain

in fact there are loads of sites on the net just try some search words hope I have put you on the right track.
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