Bringing a foreign car to Spain can be a bit tricky, but it is definitely possible. There are a few important things to consider when doing so, such as registering the car with the Spanish Traffic Department (DGT), paying import taxes and duties, and making sure the car meets Spanish emissions and road safety regulations.

One of the first steps in bringing a foreign car to Spain is to register it with the DGT. This involves submitting a ‘Transfer of Ownership’ application and providing a number of documents, such as the vehicle’s registration certificate, proof of ownership and valid identification for both the previous and new owner. In addition, you must provide proof of vehicle insurance and a valid Spanish license plate.

In addition to registering your car with DGT, you will also have to pay import taxes and duties on your vehicle. These taxes and duties will vary depending on the value of the car, its age and country of origin. It is important to note that if your car is over 6 years old, it may not be eligible for import, as Spain has stricter rules for older cars in terms of emissions and road safety.

Once your car is registered and you have paid any taxes and fees, you will need to have your car inspected by the DGT to ensure it meets Spanish emissions and road safety regulations. This inspection, known as an ITV, is mandatory for all cars in Spain and must be done every two years. If your car does not pass the inspection, you must make the necessary repairs before it can be inspected again.

Another important thing to consider when bringing your foreign car to Spain is insurance. You must have a valid car insurance policy that meets Spanish regulations. It is important to note that insurance from other countries may not be accepted in Spain, so you may need to buy a new policy when you arrive.

It is also important to note that Spain has strict rules on the use of headlights, and all cars must have headlight deflectors installed. If your car does not have the correct headlight deflectors, it will not pass the ITV inspection and will not be able to drive on Spanish roads.

Important to consider

Drivers of foreign cars in Spain must also be aware of certain driving laws that may differ from their home country. For example, Spain has strict rules on the use of cell phones while driving, and there are also strict speed limits and fines for traffic violations. As a resident of Spain, it is illegal to drive a foreign-registered car unless the owner is in the car. In addition, Spain has a ‘points system’ in place for traffic violations, which can lead to the suspension of your license if you accumulate too many points, although this only applies to those with a Spanish license. If you have a foreign license, it can also be taken for more serious traffic incidents.

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