Buying a Car in Spain to Export

    Buying a Car in Spain to Export

    Nowadays, buying a vehicle in Spain, second hand or classic (defined as a car  at least 25 years old) , in order to transfer it abroad can be a great option. Especially classic cars, whose prices are very accessible in the international market due to the delicate Spanish economic situation and a presumed devaluation of the euro against the dollar. These circumstances contribute to an oversupply which has pushed prices down. For instance: A 1980 Mercedes Benz in perfect condition, can be purchased for 6,000 euros, as an American client recently arranged with the assistance of Advocate Abroad to deal with the legal technicalities.

    It is important to have somebody that you would trust to make an evaluation of the car in situ , and then the steps are easy, and not expensive,  from the purchase to the port or courier that will move the car to its destination.

    1.- See the offer, make the contract, pay the money

    The first step is obviously to place an offer and agree a price with the owner. Prices can always be negotiated. In Spain the seller normally does not expect the buyer to pay the asking price. At this point it is necessary to have an intermediary in Spain who can confirm the car is in good condition, and to act as representative in order to make a Private Retainer contract and to ensure payment. Advocate Abroad provides this service for a reasonable price on a regular basis. Here the point is to establish trust on the part of both parties – the buyer and the seller. The purchase is typically made in two steps: first a retainer or deposit is paid, to take the car off the market, and the second is the remaining balance, once the car is de-registered and ready to be exported.

    2.- Deregistering the car

    The real importance of the representative of the buyer in Spain comes from the unique characteristics that tend to be associated with a purchase to export, i.e. a purchase on behalf of a non-resident buyer.

    In this particular case, the purchase is not immediately registered in D.G.T (Dirección General de Tráfico, – The national traffic authority) as typically would be the case. This is because the buyer does not belong to the Spanish drivers database. In this case the car must be de-registered, and for the purposes of Spanish authorities remains listed as ‘having no owner’ from the purchase until it arrives at it’s the destination abroad. This is why it is necessary to have somebody on the ground. Advocate Abroad does this ensuring that the deregistration takes place in the appropriate way and prepares for the transportation to the destination.

    So, once ensured the purchase, the first step it is to process the deregistration by Export (“baja por exportación”) that has a tax of €8.30 unless the car is a classic-car, in which case it is exempt from this fee.

    To de-register a vehicle  that is to be exported will require the following documentation in the Traffic Authority (DGT):

    1. Identification of the persons concerned (seller): Individuals: Official document proving the identity of the holder (ID card, Spanish driving license, residence card, passport plus Foreigner Identification Number) address. Companies and other Legal entities: tax identification card of the company and proof of the representative and identity of the firm.
    2. Vehicle Registration Certificate
    3. ITV card (this always comes with the car documentation)
    4. Duly completed application for de-registration (form delivered  in the Traffic Department)
    5. Tax (unless classic cars)

    With these documents, the DGT / Traffic authority  will proceed to cancel the registration certificate, making a notation in it, and returning  it to the person concerned with the ITV card.

    These two documents (Certificate named “Baja por Exportación” and ITV card,  must be delivered to the buyer of the vehicle, as you will need these for registration in the country of destination.

    2.- Finding an appropriate courier, and shipping  the car home

    So, after making the purchase of the vehicle, paying for it (through a trusted agent in Spain like Advocate Abroad) and de-registering the car, the final step is to choose a good courier to take the car and ship it to the destination.  If the car is going to be shipped to the United States, the Port of Sagunto is a reasonably priced and quick option, with plenty of couriers shipping every week.

    Finally, as is  always the case when purchasing a car, it is always advisable to deal with someone you trust, and of course, to have some luck with a second-hand car is never unwelcome!

    Client Testimonials

    Below is a list of recent reviews received from our clients, obtained via the Wufoo client survey platform:

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      Darren & Gemma Nesbitt, Valencia
      Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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      Wednesday, September 05, 2018
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      Tuesday, September 04, 2018
      Alfonso was extremely helpful, particularly since we requested a quick turnaround for the 18 documents needing to be translated from English and French to Spanish.

      He was fluent in our phone conver...sations and email correspondence, he never misunderstood what our requirements were. He was was clear in explaining how this process works and what the price included.

      I would highly recommend him to anyone needing these services.
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      Friday, August 24, 2018
      Jose was very polite and we received an excellent service from him. Nothing was to much trouble and his communication was 2nd to none. Highly recommended!
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      Friday, August 10, 2018
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      Wednesday, August 08, 2018
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