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BUYING A SECOND HAND CAR

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Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:46pm
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razors03

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Are there any recommendations for buying a second-hand car with low mileage, I was thinking of just continuing to drive my UK car? But it's not very economical and too big for what I really want. 

 Cars in Spain seem more expensive.

If anyone selling please let me know. Needs to be 5 door hatchback no more than 5 years old.

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Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:52pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:52pm

razors03 wrote on Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:46pm:

Are there any recommendations for buying a second-hand car with low mileage, I was thinking of just continuing to drive my UK car? But it's not very economical and too big for what I really want. 

 Cars in Spain seem more expensive.

If anyone selling please let me know. Needs to be 5 door hatchback no more than 5 years old.

Used cars depreciate less in value than in the U.K. probably because they last longer in this climate- It is often better to buy through a dealership as you will have the car fully serviced, an ITV ( MOT ) if it is an older car, a warranty, help with getting insurance ( Linea Directa gets my recommendation ), a point of contact if there is a problem and the cost of change of ownership will be included in the price and done for you possibly saving a few hundred Euro. Others may be able to give more advice on continuing to drive your U.K. car here but as I understand it it has to be registered with Spanish plates which can be costly.

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Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:13pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:13pm

If you want to buy from a dealership you will find secondhand car prices in Spain are higher than in the UK. You also have to pay a sales tax on the vehicle. Having said that, car tax is a lot cheaper than the UK, especially if it is an economical runner.

There are many smaller second hand car showrooms around, but again prices are higher than you would expect to pay in the UK as they have a longer life in the climate. Make sure the car you buy comes with an up to date ITV.

You can only drive your UK car for up to six months before it has to be converted to LHD lights and registered in Spain. This can be quite costly and, at the end of the day, you still have a RHD car which is a pain in car parks and poor visibility on the motorways.

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Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:18am

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