This is another question that is so often asked. “How difficult is it to bring my car over to Lanzarote”.
Firstly our advice (only our opinion however) is “don’t bother!” For one thing, it is a pricey process to get it here, get it registered… and not forgetting that the driver’s seat is on the other side – which could possibly be dangerous for visibility. It’s a hell of a lot of hoops to jump through, costly, and a lengthy process. however if you are insistent… then the following information may help.
New Car: 16% IVA is payable and you will need Spanish Customs Form 565. You can pay this tax at any Spanish bank that has an agreement with the tax department. Your own bank here will be able to advise you which are applicable.
Used car: Vehicles owned for over six months before you become resident in Spain are not subject to import duty, however this is of course providing that you have paid the VAT in the EU country in which the vehicle was purchased.
A registration tax (impuesto sobre determinados medios de transporte) is payable on all vehicles and must be paid into your local tax office (Agencia Tributaria). The value of this tax is guaged on engine capacity.
- Cars of 2,000cc and less are taxed at 7%
- Other vehicles are taxed at 12%
Registering your vehicle (from another EU country)
In order to register a car in Spain, you will need to have a NIE number – do note that now the Police Station in Arrecife is lumping in NIE numbers with your residencia.
The following documents must be submitted at Trafico:
- An application form which they shall give you
- Proof of identification (passport – original and photocopy)
- Proof of address such as your rental contract or deeds to your property (original and photocopy)
- Receipt of payment of local car tax from the local town hall or Trafico
- Receipt of payment of registration tax – original and photocopy
- Registration document (Permiso de Circulación y Permiso Para Conducción)
- Proof that VAT (IVA) has been paid in the country of purchase (original and photocopy)
- Technical Test Certificate Card
- Vehicle purchase receipt (original and photocopy)
- Certificate of Conformityfrom the manufacturer or a certified representative (original and photocopy)
- If applicable, declaration of ownership of other Spanish-registered vehicles
- If applicable, declaration of possession of a Spanish driving licence
- If the vehicle is from Holland, then you will also need form RDW 323 (available from the local Traffic Department)
Importing a Non-EU Vehicle
Taxes payable on vehicles from non-EU countries
10 percent import duty (based on original market price with reductions based on age of the vehicle), payable at Customs
16 percent IVA, payable at Customs
Registration tax - 7 to 12 percent based on the vehicle’s engine capacity. Application Form 565 from Customs should be completed and the fee paid into the local tax office or any bank which accepts such payments – ask your bank for this information
Registering vehicles from outside the EU
To be honest – this process is time consuming and long winded – that we recommend you enlist the services of a Gestoria or Asesoria. We highly recommend Ben Simkins in Costa Teguise. Expect the process to be a long drawn out one, and certainly not trouble free.
You’re much better off buying a car in Spain – cheaper and less hassle… but hey if you’re an enthusiast… then go for it. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you! :o)