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brson
12/21/2019 12:17 EST

Someone posted only bringing a car with them as for possessions, saying it was very easy from the US. Living in Colombia contemplating a move to Valencia, our Chevy dealer said it was unbelievably difficult and subject to different requirements than here in Colombia.

Is this true?

Thanks

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sdamazo
12/21/2019 12:47 EST

Hi, brought mine from Greece and it was not difficult or expensive. What you need first is to go to the traffic department and ask for a green plate to use inside Spain. Then you can start the procedure to change plate.

My car is a Jeep and total expenses was less than 1.000 euros.

If documentation is in spanish is easier since you don't need to translate and certify the invoice and technical sheet.

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brson
12/21/2019 15:18 EST

Many thanks. True to form, the dealer guy lied (or at least exaggerated) making it seem almost impossible.

A tale of our California friend who bought a Volvo in Sweden on a special deal they had to use the car in Europe and bring it back to the U.S. They said they encountered a huge expense, having totally to change the electrical system to US standards and many other costly things.

Our Chevy Captiva was manufactured in Mexico for the Colombian market. Wondering if we'll find similar expensive conversions and compliance matters when sending to Spain. We'll research when we're visiting shortly.

Greatly appreciate learning your experience.

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sdamazo
12/21/2019 16:36 EST

My car was manufactured in US and sold in the european market. The traffic director guided me through the process. I am mentioning this since spanish public servant and the police have partial knowledge of the process and they pass this as full information.

Now, the electrical system or any other issue was never mentioned by the director and it might be applied to the country your friend traveled.

Import tax is higher depending on the car type, mine was higher since it was a 3.7 (based on spanish tax office).

You can also use your car for a short period (3 to 6 months) without doing anything and then ask for the temporary green plate if you will have a spanish address.

If you ask for the spanish driver license the status change and you need to change the plate. The penalties are quite high if the police finds out.

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