How to import a car to Spain

8 June
How to import a car to Spain
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Growing Trend: Importing Cars to Spain

Importing cars from abroad rather than buying them in Spain is becoming an increasingly popular option for many reasons. However, the process is anything but straightforward and requires a series of steps to ensure that the vehicle complies with regulations both in Spain and the European Union.

Step-by-Step Guide to Importing a Vehicle to Spain

Below, we’ve detailed the essential steps to follow when importing a vehicle to Spain quickly and relatively painlessly.

Buying Your Vehicle

The first step is obviously buying your car from abroad. It’s vital to check that the vehicle has European approval, or you won’t be allowed to register it in Spain. At the time of purchase, make sure you get the following documents:

  • Purchase and sale contract (one for each party)
  • Invoice
  • Traffic circulation permit
  • Technical data sheet

Obtaining the Certificate of Conformity

The Certificate of Conformity (COC) is an essential document that certifies that the vehicle complies with EU standards and regulations. You can request it directly from the manufacturer or through an official dealer. However, this process can be slow and expensive. A more efficient alternative is to call in experts, such as Car Registrations Spain, who will manage and expedite the process for you.

Transporting the Vehicle to Spain

The next step is to move your car to Spain. You can drive it yourself or hire a vehicle transport company to take it by road, train, or boat. If you’re making the trip yourself, ensure your new car has the proper insurance to cover the journey.

Customs Procedures and Paying Taxes

If the vehicle comes from an EU country, no customs duties must be paid, but it is necessary to pay the corresponding VAT if it is a new car, or the Property Transfer Tax if it’s second-hand and you bought it privately rather than from a dealer. You’ll also be responsible for Registration Tax in the case of brand new cars, which varies depending on the CO2 emissions, as well as the Circulation Tax.

Vehicle Technical Inspection (ITV)

Before you can take your new car on the road, it must pass the Vehicle Technical Inspection (ITV), which is very similar to the MOT test in the UK. This inspection will verify that the vehicle complies with all the technical and safety regulations in force in Spain. It is important to take all documentation, including the COC, to the ITV service station.

Vehicle Registration

Finally, with the ITV passed and all your documents in order, the next step is to register the vehicle at the Provincial Traffic Headquarters. You must present the registration application, proof of tax payment, the COC, the ITV certificate, and the vehicle and owner documentation. Once this process is completed, you can purchase the vehicle's identification license plates, which will need to be installed on the car.

Simplifying the Process

Take the hassle out of the car registration process and let the experts handle everything for you. Contact Car Registrations Spain today for a free quote.