What happens if my car documents are lost or stolen?

Firstly report the loss or theft by denuncia (formal statement) to your local Police or Guardia if easier. Then obtain a certificado de antecedentes from Trafico (this shows the history of ownership of the vehicle etc), take that with the vehicle to your nearest ITV testing station and request a duplicado de la ficha tecnica (log book) (also have the vehicle ITV’d if it is not already done or is about to run out) be warned the new ficha …

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Embargos

Contrary to popular opinion a vehicle CAN be transferred to a new owner with an lien (embargo) against it, this depends on the type of debt and also the stage proceedings to recoup the debt have reached. This can cause problems for the new owner so it is essential to obtain a report (Informe de vehiculo) before handing over any money. If you have already purchased or the debt is your own, what can you …

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Vehicle and Driver Fines

If you are unlucky enough to be fined for a traffic offence (speeding etc) and you have been sanctioned by the Guardia Civil, you can pay the fine online with your credit or debit card and if you do it within 20 days of the fine being issued you save 50% The link is here and you must have the paperwork for the fine to hand with the reference number. If you can’t or don’t want …

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CAR SALE / PURCHASE CHECKLIST

Making sure the vehicle is either in your name officially (or removed from your name if you are selling) is a more complicated process in Spain than it is in the UK Seller Photocopies of: NIF Or if non Spanish: White NIE in date plus Passport OR certificado de registro plus passport Originals of: Ficha Technica (car log Book)  SHOULD have a current ITV stamp with at least 1 month’s life left. (otherwise the vehicle …

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UK Driving Licences and Spanish Law

UK licence holders, whose licences are not renewed after periodically checking driving fitness as in other European countries, they will be required to renew the licence after a period of two years from the date of their registration as a Spanish Resident has passed or just before the licene expires ie age 70, whichever is the sooner, and then at regular intervals thereafter. Interestingly if you live in permanently Tenerife or indeed any where else …

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