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How do I register a car owned for 11 years ?

Posted: Sun May 8, 2022 10:53pm
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PeterFrench

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I purchased a 4.6 litre Ford Mustang in 2011 in Florida USA. It was 10 years old then. Manufactured in 2001, first registered in Florida USA in 2002. 
It remained in Virginia and I used it with plates/tags and insurance for 2 years until 2013 when I imported it to Aruba and registered it there from 2013-2018.
Aruba to France 2018. 
It has been garaged in France ever since 2018 until now. Not registered or used on road.
Now, as I’m moving to ALMORADI, I’d like to register it in Spain, insure and use.
My questions are : 

1. As it’s over 20 years old does it have “classic” status ?

2. What is procedure and approximate cost. ?

3. Does it escape emission control because 20+years old ?

4. Should I transport to Spain and then register ? OR

5. Can I get paperwork done online before bringing car ?


RECAP

2011 purchased 2001 4.6 litre Ford Mustang in Florida USA  
Used 2 years until 2013 in Virginia.  
2013 imported to Aruba until 2018. Used, insured Registered. 
2018 until now…… garaged in France. Not used on road.

Now want to register, insure, tax etc and use in Spain. 

Thank you 

Peter 

Swimmer57

Posted: Sun May 8, 2022 11:21pm

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Posted: Sun May 8, 2022 11:21pm

Is your driving licence American? French? UK? Aruban? Spanish?

PeterFrench

Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 12:57am

PeterFrench

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Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 12:57am

Swimmer57 wrote on Sun May 8, 2022 11:21pm:

Is your driving licence American? French? UK? Aruban? Spanish?

U. K. 

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Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 9:16am

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Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 9:16am

PeterFrench wrote on Sun May 8, 2022 10:53pm:

I purchased a 4.6 litre Ford Mustang in 2011 in Florida USA. It was 10 years old then. Manufactured in 2001, first registered in Florida USA in 2002. 
It remained in Virginia and I used it with plates/tags and insurance for 2 years until 2013 when I imported it to Aruba and registered it ...

...there from 2013-2018.
Aruba to France 2018. 
It has been garaged in France ever since 2018 until now. Not registered or used on road.
Now, as I’m moving to ALMORADI, I’d like to register it in Spain, insure and use.
My questions are : 

1. As it’s over 20 years old does it have “classic” status ?

2. What is procedure and approximate cost. ?

3. Does it escape emission control because 20+years old ?

4. Should I transport to Spain and then register ? OR

5. Can I get paperwork done online before bringing car ?


RECAP

2011 purchased 2001 4.6 litre Ford Mustang in Florida USA  
Used 2 years until 2013 in Virginia.  
2013 imported to Aruba until 2018. Used, insured Registered. 
2018 until now…… garaged in France. Not used on road.

Now want to register, insure, tax etc and use in Spain. 

Thank you 

Peter 

Classic status is 30 years I believe.I think the biggest problem for you would be a Certificate of Conformity showing it meets European specifications.Its not impossible to register your car in Spain but I think it requires the services of a specialist to make it compliant.

Swimmer57

Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 9:29am

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Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 9:29am

PeterFrench wrote on Mon May 9, 2022 12:57am:

U. K. 

Do you know about the current (post Brexit) rule for UK licence holders, that we can no longer exchange our licences for Spanish ones? And that we have to sit the Spanish driving test (theory and practical?)

Cheryl

Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 10:48am

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Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 10:48am

Contact Leigh at https://www.spanish-number-plates.com/ 

Kelvin1960

Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 9:40pm

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Posted: Mon May 9, 2022 9:40pm

I brought  a US car to Spain, a Honda (it was registered in the UK when I bought it). It was NOT a Euro-supplied model - the car type was never sold in the EU. It had no Certificate of Conformity.

In reality, there wasn't any problem. The challenge was assigning a pollution-rating for taxation purposes. My gestor used the pollution rating from another model (same make/same engine), and all was well.

Your 4.6 Mustang (Fox body ?) was sold here. There are a few around. I doubt there will be any problem, provided you have compliant lights, and a speedo with km/h readings. There is an issue with the VIN number - it MUST be stamped into the frame (usually on the scuttle behind the engine). A riveted aluminium VIN plate is insufficient. Some US models have 1 digit fewer in the VIN than the EU requires, so beware.  

Also, beware of any modifications - another one of my cars (a JDM Nissan) was given a hard time because it had non-standard HID headlights. They had to be switched out for the old-fashioned units.  

There are sometimes other minor differences between markets. The Nissan had side reflectors behind the rear wheels ... a useful safety item ... but NO, they had to be taped over. The Nissan was 29 years old when I registered it here - emissions were still tested.

The car must be matriculated here - a physical inspection. You will need to get it transported here.

The import tax is based on emissions and a "cadastral value" ... i.e. what the government thinks the car is worth. The cadastral value is, in turn, based on the original cost and a depreciation formula. Your car will be almost fully depreciated, so will be worth very little (as far as the government is concerned).  Your costs will, probably, be less than 2000 Eu, but suggest you contact Leigh (as recommended by Cheryl above).

Alternatively, there is a business near me - they brought in my two cars for me - they are a repair garage with a gestor attached, so they can deal with issues arising from the inspection process.  

Martin13

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 11:03am

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Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 11:03am

I don't know about the classic status of the car but there are people in Spain who will advise you and can do the process for you for less than 100 euros. You may have to pay import tax, change the headlights etc. I used a company called Replate Mate. They organised the ITV and changing the lights and getting Spanish plates 

Cheryl

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 12:15pm

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Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 12:15pm

Martin13 wrote on Tue May 10, 2022 11:03am:

I don't know about the classic status of the car but there are people in Spain who will advise you and can do the process for you for less than 100 euros. You may have to pay import tax, change the headlights etc. I used a company called Replate Mate. They organised the ITV and changing the light...

...s and getting Spanish plates 

I did not have a good experience with this company. Details available if required.

Martin13

Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 12:22pm

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Posted: Tue May 10, 2022 12:22pm

Cheryl wrote on Tue May 10, 2022 12:15pm:

I did not have a good experience with this company. Details available if required.

Ok understood Cheryl sometimes that happened 

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