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We are considering purchasing a Baileys Motorhome, which we would then want to get re-registered in Spain, where we now live.

 

I have contacted Baileys, but they will not supply a LHD chassis. So - not to be deterred, I made contact with a re-registration specialist, here in the Alicante region.

 

He has informed me that there is no requirement to be LHD - which we knew - or to have a Continental habitation door to get registered here. All you need is a European CoC, for both the base vehicle and the conversion, apparently.

 

However, we would like reassurance that this is correct, as it is contrary to what others have told us, and it could be a huge potential mistake if this proved not to be the case!

 

So - has anyone out there got first hand knowledge of registering a RHD/UK habitation door Motorhome, in Spain??

 

Advice gratefully recieved.

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Hi and welcome.

 

We also live in Spain (Costa Blanca, inland).........have done for the past 10 years now.

 

A couple of points to think about:

 

A Gestor or a "registration specialist" will tell you what you want to hear.

They want your money.

I don't know how long you've lived over here, but the culture and commercial rules in Spain are REALLY different to the UK.

 

Re-registering of a UK plated motorhome onto Spanish plates nowadays (with the changes and tightening of rules here over the past few years) is either;

a) An UTTER NIGHTMARE which will cost you thousands and drag on for many many months, or

b) Totally impossible.

The paperwork process is massively complex here. Really massive. I know.

 

In many case now, permission to re-register is simply being refused. And as you've already bought the MH, then you are then utterly knackered!

Even the Chairman of a BIG car import/sales company here who we know of, who bought a foreign plated MH recently and tried to import it, with all his specialist legal people, got screwed because it wasn't accepted.

 

 

 

 

 

My honest and VERY strong advice is:

Buy a new (or much better value: secondhand) Spanish registered motorhome here in Spain.

 

 

 

It'll save you huge amounts of grief and possibly huge amounts of money in the end; and with the Spanish economy basket-case; large numbers of people here are desperate to sell theirs in order pay the mortgage etc.............We've bought 3 in the time we've lived here. All at VERY good prices.

 

Do you speak Spanish yet?

 

Look on milanuncios.es, or on segundomano.es or look in local dealers here.

Remember also, the Spanish cultural trait of "asking high". It ain't the same process as in the UK.

Don't go in with an offfer of 10% below asking price; go in at 30 or 40% lower. Then haggle for quite a while, and maybe end up at 25% below asking price.

 

It's really the best buyers market for MH's here for decades, given the recession....so the best time to buy a ready-plated 2 or 3 (or much older) year-old Spanish reg'd MH. Spanish vehicles don't rust - so last for decades!

 

 

If I can help further, let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I also live in Spain and as BGD states it is very difficult and Expensive, I have registered two vehicles in Spain the first a Mazda Bongo which i sold and then last October a Fiat Ducato Sea Sloop, after registering the Bongo the rules changed, all Mh's 4x4s Lorrys and Buses imported must be LHD and less than 10 years old. and must be EU type approved. which is why i went for the Ducato when seeking a new MH.

I used a company called carimportin spain ask them for advice but i would also say make sure if importing you are pretty certain of getting registration before purchasing.

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Many thanks for help and advice.

 

We have lived in the Orihuela area since September 2012 - although owned a holiday home in Andalucia for 10 years.

 

I have been looking at the Websites that you mention, but we are finding it difficult to find a low profile Van with either twin singles or an island bed and a garage suitable for a scooter, here. I know that there are new ones available, but the price here is so high.

 

However, after reading your advice, based on experience, we will keep looking here.

 

Many Thanks

 

Ian

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Hi Ian - you may already be in contact with loads of dealers as well as scouring the big secondhand sites in Spain, but here are a few links just in case:

 

Don't forget to tell all what you are after so they can keep an eye out for you/contact you if something comes in:

 

http://www.caravanasferrero.com/

 

http://www.caravanas-cruz.com/index.php?lg=en

 

http://www.caravanasmurcia.com/listado.php?categoria=Autocaravanas%20segunda%20mano&pagina=1

 

http://www.caravanasosito.com/ocasion/autocaravanas/1.php

 

http://caravanassangar.es/

 

http://www.valcaravan.es/ocasion.asp?fam=10032011102126

 

http://www.caravanasexpogandia.com/Catalogo.aspx?IdCat=64

 

http://www.mydalexmotorhome.com/PLANTILLAING.HTS?DONDE=PLANTILLA7&ID=ING&ID_SESION=UNXCTYZQSRIKDOGMDKKX

 

http://autocampers.coches.net/

 

http://www.autosuministros.com/

 

 

 

You could also maybe ask in Spanish motorhome forums if anyone has anything for sale that matches your spec, eg:

http://www.feaa.es/foro/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The big secondhand private sales sites ( where you could place some "wanted" adverts):

 

http://www.milanuncios.com/autocaravanas-de-segunda-mano/?demanda=n&pagina=2

 

http://www.segundamano.es/anuncios/autocaravana.htm?ca=0_s&th=1&st=s

 

 

Do please Remember that any Spanish person advertising their MH in these sites in Spain...dealer or private seller...is NOT expecting anything like the amount they ask for it.

That's just a start point for the Spanish national game of haggling.

Usually you can get 20 or 30% or even more off the initial asking price, especially if waving cash, and with no part-exchange to have to offload with them.

 

 

Good hunting!

 

 

 

 

 

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Maybe also consider fitting a scooter rack at the rear of the MH, if you find one that matches you needs in all other respects except "scooter sized boot"?

That's what we did with our previous MH here, and it was brilliant!

 

A rack would cost you maybe €1200 to €1500, custom fitted.

But in Spain, they have to be homologated, and fitted by a Company who is authorised to do it here...so get advice from such a company (the big motorhome dealers in Elche and Alicante can supply and fit them, as can most trailer/towbar fitting companies) if needs be before actually parting with your money on such a MH, to ensure they can fit one to that exact make/model of chassis.

 

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Thanks, again.

 

We will certainly look at all the Sites that you have kindly sent to us.

 

We have now taken our RHD Van back to the UK, on SOR with the supplying Dealer. So - once he manages to sell it and we have the dosh, we can get serious about the research.

 

We have been to the Dealers in Murcia, Cartegena and also Elche - as well as a couple in Alicante. Enjoying the research and learning all the time!!

 

Regards

 

Ian

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Although an A-class, this has got the fixed bed and scooter rack ready fitted. It's also got the (IMHO utterly essential for Spain!) air-conditioning. It's also got 3 solar panels. Might be interesting........

 

 

http://www.segundamano.es/alicante/autocaravana-hymer-b-657/a45202075/?ca=3_s&st=s&c=42

 

Just to mention: an A-class or low profile motorhome gets really incredibly hot inside here in Spain compared to an overcab ("capuchin") style, because of the lack of very very welcome shade over the windscreen that the overcab section.

We've gone back from A-class to overcab; for many reasons, but including masses of additional storage space above the cab (we never use it as a bed, as we have a fixed rear bed), and the utterly roasting-oven-like experience of touring Spain/Portugal etc in an A-class with big unshaded windscreen.

 

 

 

Are you in the market right now Ian, or just thinking about a purchase at some future point?

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Bruce

 

We first need to get our RHD Van sold. It is now back in the UK, for sale. Then, I suspect that we will have to do a bit of saving up to add to the dosh from our Van!

 

Cheers

 

Ian

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Guest JudgeMental
whats the situation registering a German LHD van in Spain? Prices can be 30% cheaper and quality better....
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JudgeMental - 2013-07-15 1:15 PM

 

whats the situation registering a German LHD van in Spain? Prices can be 30% cheaper and quality better....

 

Eddie - I looked into that a couple of years ago in some detail (and I looked at importing from France too).

 

Prices not really much cheaper, and just the same BIG costs to import into Spain and re-register.

No Dealer warranty here on vans they don't sell.

Not realistically a viable option at all, when in the end it was cheaper/MUCH easier to just buy a Spanish MH here in Spain.

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When the house is sold in the UK I plan to head back to Andalucia. I was going to buy a MH here,but the info provided shows it would be more sense to buy in Spain. Can I stay in Spain for 9 months then back to UK for 3 every year?

Also what do I need to buy one there,I have a N.I.E. number,but no property, yet.

Thanks for all the information. Its got me thinkingagain)

 

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Antonio - 2013-07-15 6:37 PM

 

When the house is sold in the UK I plan to head back to Andalucia. I was going to buy a MH here,but the info provided shows it would be more sense to buy in Spain. Can I stay in Spain for 9 months then back to UK for 3 every year?

Also what do I need to buy one there,I have a N.I.E. number,but no property, yet.

Thanks for all the information. Its got me thinkingagain)

 

 

You'd need your NIE/NIF number and also an address in Spain to register it to......whether it is you or the seller who organises the Transferencia you still need to give a notional address in Spain.

Then the annual demand to pay the local town hall's tax on it in following years will be issued to you at that address by letter.

Yes, you can stay in Spain for 9 months and spend 3 months each year in the UK.

In practice, no-one really knows where you are in Europe all through the year anyway....and the CIA don't spy on us yet down to that level of detail.

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Thanks Nomad

I have friends in the Alpujarras so I could use their address for the time being. Hope to get cheap property in Ugijar, but when this house in the UK sells I will have to get out there pretty fast and find a MH. Thinking of something on the lines of a Hymer B584 as this would be the right size for me and Cassie(cocker) I lived in Ugijar, but came back to the UK after the death of Ann, my partner, and to look after my father, who as also died.

Will search all the sites you have mentioned.

May be I will call and see you perform! B-)

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There is a good Dealer, south of Granada on the Motril road - in a place called Otura. When we used to live in our house in Fornes, next to Lake Bermejales we stored our UK reg. Motorhome there.

 

They have a very good workshop and also sell a few Motorhomes. They also have a place near Malaga, so can call upon their stock as well. You could give them a try.

 

www.caravanasautostar.com

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Thanks, Bruce

 

This guy does get some interesting stuff. I have "bid" on one or two of his Vans before - but they always have a higher reserve than I have been willing to go to! However, all of that could change, once we get our current Van sold.

 

You must spend as much time on the Internet as I do!!!

 

Ian

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