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Tips for buying a used car in Spain

Buying a cheap used car in Spain is becoming much easier. There is more information widely available and it is possible to do more checks to make sure the user car is up to standard. You can find a used car online at sites like segundamano.es or ebay.es or in the newspaper like the sur in English or the Euro weekly classifieds and there are also databases of the car dealerships available. Using these methods will help you buy a used car in Spain that is well in your budget. Buying used cars online is much easier, it is helpful if you speak Spanish but not essential as their are many English speaking dealers around the south of Spain. Buying a second hand car will also give you cheaper insurance premiums. You will be able to check the location, availability and price quickly and at any time. If you are struggling, it is worth finding an expert used car guide to make your purchase easier and hassle-free. Car dealers will try to help you gain finance for your second-hand car. (In Spain uou will also need a NIE number to make the purchase.) Car dealers will want to do finance for more money but this doesn’t mean you will get the best deal. Take some time finding your own car finance first and compare the deals with other lenders. This will give you the chance to negotiate the deal - such as a lower interest rate or better payment term. Decrease your monthly repayments by having as large a deposit as possible; this will also help to reduce the interest rate you pay. Never buy a cheap car without checking the value first. You want [...]

By |Saturday, August 23, 2014|Car Insurance|Comments Off on Tips for buying a used car in Spain

Tourist car robbery in Spain

Will you be travelling through Spain this summer? There are often scare stories about being robbed in your car on your journey through Spain. Your car insurance in Spain would probably not cover you for being robbed at the roadside or it is not worth claiming on your policy if it does cover you. This years latest trend is not that much different where the thieves are on the look out for cars that have UK plates or car rental vehicles. The main attack this time around is the 'when you have a flat tyre scam' or you may get the baddies finding ways to puncture your tyres. Once you have stopped that is when you may run in to problems. The would be robbers actually target cars at petrol stations and car parks such as airport parking and then follow the car until they realise they have a puncture. Once the driver of the car gets out of the car to look at the puncture or the passengers in the car get out to have a look, that is when the robbers use a distraction technique of talking to the driver and occupants whilst the other robber gets inside the car to grab your belongings. Many people keep their cash and important documents altogether in the front of the car for easy access making it easy for the robbers to walk off with them very quickly. You should also look out for other techniques for example - when a car flashes it lights at you to indicate you have a problem - such as your indicator is not working or your brake lights or your exhaust looks like it might fall off etc, some [...]

By |Monday, August 18, 2014|Car Insurance|Comments Off on Tourist car robbery in Spain

Car accident in Spain

Car Accident in Spain, what should you do. Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time and this includes the busy roads of coastal areas of Spain. Even the most careful driver could be involved in an accident, let alone the most reckless. Accidents and claims can affect what price you will pay for your car insurance Spain. While many accidents happen on high speed roads and motorways, there are many that happen on your own land or in a quiet area. The amount of people buying car parts and car accessories has increased over the years due to the growing number of accidents. The problem is that very few people know how to handle an accident, whether they are in a large car or a small mini. They don't know whether they should get involved or if they really were part of it and can they speak Spanish to help to sort out any disputes? The authorities of Spain are always looking for ways to help other drivers know how to deal with accidents. They currently have a list, that is constantly being developed on, to make sure drivers can anticipate their requirements when there is a traffic accident. At the same time, they want to limit the chance of accidents happening by making the Spanish public more aware of traffic and road safety. The number one tip is to always have a first aid kit for emergencies in your car, this is actually law in Spain. You need to have a pen and paper to take details, a camera or smart phone to document any damage and a mobile phone is helpful for emergency calls. It is also important for those will allergies [...]

By |Monday, August 4, 2014|Car Insurance|Comments Off on Car accident in Spain

Importing your vehicle to Spain

If you want to import your own vehicle and change your registration plates to Spanish ones, you will need to take some steps to make it possible. The first important step is to become a permanent resident of Spain or have a property that you own in the country or a rental contract with at least a one year’s lease. You will also need to have a Spanish license. Importing your vehicle has become much easier over recent years. There are individuals that you can hire to complete the paperwork if you need to. Sterling Automotives is one company that will offer this and the staff speak English. It doesn’t matter the type of vehicle you are importing, except for mopeds. Mopeds require no extra paperwork and can be driven straight away. Everything else needs certain paperwork. You will need to have temporary plates, which are green, before driving your vehicle. These are temporary while you have your car MOT’d – or the ITV as it is known in Spain. This will make sure that the vehicle is roadworthy. The green plates are only valid of a couple of days so you need to get the ITV test completed as soon as possible. Once your car has passed its test, the permanent plates will be issued. The paperwork differs depending on where the vehicle is coming from and whether it is new or used. Some of the paperwork will include the residency document and a letter from the police station – local to you – to prove your residency. You will also need to have the Escritura – the property deed – or your tenancy agreement, which must be for at least 365 days, as [...]

By |Wednesday, July 23, 2014|Car Insurance|Comments Off on Importing your vehicle to Spain

Driving cars when in Spain

Before you start driving around Spain, you need to follow these tips. Spanish Emergency Vehicles Just like in England, emergency vehicles have right of way when driving in Spain. These include police cars and ambulances. They will usually have flashing lights and sirens to warn you there is an emergency. You need to slow down or – where safe to do so – pull over so that they can get past. As an extra level of safety, consider putting your hazard lights on, and then take some care when getting back onto the road as many cars speed up after the vehicle has passed. Seatbelts While Driving in Spain Just like in England, not wearing a seatbelt is a criminal offence; and this applies to your passengers. People are fined at least 320 Euros and can have two points put on their license for breaking the law. The driver is the person who will be punished if passengers are not wearing their seatbelt; no matter how old the passengers are. Using Headlights While Driving As soon as there is poor visibility, whether that is at night, after dusk or in bad weather, headlights must be used. If you have a right-hand drive car, you will also need to make sure your headlights are ready for use for driving on the right-hand side of the road; otherwise you are causing a hazard to the oncoming traffic and risk penalty points. Do not just use sidelights when driving through tunnels. You must have full headlights on. You will see a red circle above the tunnel which indicates the speed that you are allowed to drive through the tunnel at. If tunnels have a blue circle and the [...]

By |Thursday, July 10, 2014|Driving in Spain|Comments Off on Driving cars when in Spain

Buying cars when in Spain

Before buying a vehicle while in Spain, you need to remember a few facts. This helps to avoid the pitfalls of buying in foreign countries and makes you aware of any of the problems that you may face.   Everything You Should Know Before Buying Cars in Spain Check that the documents are available to show that the car is legally allowed to be driven. You will need these as soon as you buy the car, so plan ahead and ask questions while looking around. The log book is also a requirement, which is called the Permiso De Circulacion in Spain. Like the log book in Britain, this includes the details of the vehicle, including the registration number, make, model and year that the car was made. Next, check for the Inspeccion Tecnica – the MOT. This makes sure that the car is driveable and roadworthy. You may hear it called the ITV and is valid for up to two years; but check the details before assuming this. Last of all is the Impuesto Sobre Vehiculos (the road license/tax). This is a fee that you must be paid each year and will be addressed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Check the documents before agreeing to purchase any car. You want to make sure that the documents are in the right name (that of the seller) and that other details match. There is nothing wrong with asking to see some ID from the seller to double check this. If the ITV is close or already out of date, ask the seller to renew it to avoid extra costs.   Transferring Ownership of the Vehicles Buying through dealerships is the easiest option when buying a [...]

By |Friday, July 4, 2014|Driving in Spain|Comments Off on Buying cars when in Spain

Radar car insurance check in Spain

In Spain - recently the DGT which everyone knows as 'Trafico' in Spain, they are the people in Spain who are basically the same as the DVLA in the UK. Recent reports indicate that they have now made a new system that will give them the opportunity to check number plates on cars, with the check they are able to access a central database which will let them check if the car has car insurance in Spain. They are also trying to reduce having older cars on the roads in Spain and the aim is to have this in place by 2016, this will use a check to follow the history of any repairs that the car has had in the past with the aim to get rid of cars older than 7 years old off the Spanish roads. The full details of this have not been given out at this point but in their initial comments it comes to bear that many cars are nearly 10 years old and they are looking to get this down to 50% of a max of 7 years in the future, by the end of 3 years from 2013.Many cars are getting older as people do not have the money to update or renew cars due the current economic situation in Spain which is understandable and this is also affecting the Spanish motor industry. Cars in Spain have to have at least Third party car insurance in Spain, so this new system using the number plates will verify using the main database, it uses a radar to read the plates, so if you have no insurance beware! When cars don't have any car insurance and they are involved [...]

By |Friday, June 20, 2014|Car Insurance|Comments Off on Radar car insurance check in Spain

Speed cameras in Spain

Speed Cameras and the Police Helicopter in Spain - Are there speed cameras in Spain? The answer is yes there are. Over recent years speed cameras have become more common place in Northern Europe, and in the last couple of years more and more speed cameras have appeared in Spain, mainly on the motorways and dual carriageways. There is a Spanish website that lists where they are, or using a sat nav like a Tom Tom can also highlight where the speed cameras are located. There are usually signs in the area by the roadside to warn you about the cameras. It is usually either a blue or a white sign with a radar picture on it and the signs warns you about your speed. The actual cameras are located by the side of the road and look like a light grey colour in a box shape about waist height. Unfortunately they looks similar to the power units that are used for overhead signs, so one can these can easily think these are cameras too and vice versa. Plus now there are some cameras that take a photo of your registration plate at one point tracking the time and then take a second picture further down the road and track your average speed between the two points. One of these is located between Torrox and Nerja on the A7 at one of the long tunnels and the cameras are located above the tunnel. You will not know about your fine and penalty points until you receive a letter in the post. If you decide to ignore the fine it does get interest added and the authorities come down very hard on you and ignoring fines [...]

By |Monday, June 16, 2014|Car Insurance|Comments Off on Speed cameras in Spain

Car insurance and car alarms

Cars around the world are broken into or stolen and this includes Spain. Just in the United States, this happens every 20 seconds! Insurance companies have to protect themselves against this, which is why you need to invest in the best car alarm systems. Manufacturers are always looking for ways to offer the best security for your car and deter the most thieves. The problem is that while the manufacturers evolve, so do the thieves. They find ways around the new car security alarms and steal your car or valuables. It makes you wonder whether it really is possible to protect your car through alarm systems. Basic car alarms work using circuitry technology. By opening the door, the circuit is broken and it sounds the alarm. However, there are now more sophisticated methods which work through sensors, whether they check on the lighting, pressure or vibration. It is also possible to have car alarm systems that sound when there has been a shock - either being hit by a passing driver or just knocked slightly by a pedestrian. These can be extremely sensitive and can sound constantly until the owner turns the alarm off - although some only beep for a short period of time and intermittently to avoid the annoyance. There have been cases when trucks passing - without touching the car - have set the alarms off because the car has vibrated. Others have sounded simply because someone has knocked the car with shopping bags or has bumped it with their hip trying to get around it. However, it is unclear whether even the best car alarms have managed to deter thieves. There are experts that the shock sensor car alarms are so [...]

By |Monday, June 16, 2014|Car Insurance|Comments Off on Car insurance and car alarms

Breaking down while in Spain

Nobody wants to breakdown, especially when they are in a foreign country. However, it happens more often than you would think. It is important to have the right type of car insurance, Does your car insurance in Spain have breakdown cover? Those who are new or don’t know the language, will find that the problem with a breakdown intensifies considerably and it can be one of the scariest things to happen. Many insurance companies offer 24 hour cover for breakdowns but that does not always help the situation. More often than not, you will break down on a motorway with the smallest hard shoulder imaginable, which barely fits your car, let alone you! Everything You Need to Prepare for a Breakdown in Spain There are certain items that you need to have in your car at all times and others that will be beneficial when you break down. By law, you need to have: Two warning triangles: These need to be about 10m from your car and facing the approaching traffic. Place the second one further out to make it clear that there is a problem sooner. If there is a blind corner, consider placing the second one just before that so other drivers are aware that there is an issue around the bend. Get out of the vehicle: never stay in the vehicle after you breakdown. This is one of the most dangerous places to stop. You should put the hazards on and get away from the car. If you have a barrier, stand behind it to offer you more protection. A first aid kit and blubs: these are further requirements by law and are advisable anyway. Other items that you will find useful [...]

By |Tuesday, May 20, 2014|Driving in Spain|Comments Off on Breaking down while in Spain