Reply To: Importing your car…


I’ll try to estimate costs, but bear in mind that it will depend on the region you are, the kind of car you have and also that the guides I’ll give are for private use and ownership of a sedan (nor bikes, vans, buses coaches or trucks)

First, the ITV (technical inspection of vehicles) is a public service but privately operated, with prices fixed by the regional authorities, I think Asturias is one of the cheapest areas, being Valencia the expensive one. Prices vary also depending if your car works with diesel or ordinary petrol. You may estimate from 35 to 70 Euro if your car passes the inspection on a single check (some areas will charge every inspection needed if the car fails to pass first or consecutive checks)

The traffic office (the DGT) will charge you 68 Euro for the Spanish documents, 2 extra Euro to legalize the ITV certificate and 4 Euro to legalize your new plates (you have to buy them and I haven’t got no idea of they cost, not much I guess)

The first registration tax (Impuesto de matriculación) also depends on the kind of car, the kind of fuel they use and the total cubic capacity of the engine(roughly 7% of the purchase price for small cars and 12% for big cars)

Note: This tax has a proposal of change now in process in two different ways: First the government is studying to allow Autonomous Communities to rise the range to the 15% to help pay public health service and secondly they are studying an extra rise for diesel and 4×4 as they are more pollutant cars

The local traffic taxes are established by local authorities, they usually depend of the size and population of each area and the ‘horse power’ of the car. As an example I can tell you that you will pay 170 Euro per year for a 2.200 cc 150 CV diesel Car in Gijón, a 300.000 people city.

This are the same process for every new car in Spain, usually the car dealership does every thing for you using they own ‘gestorias’ but if you are importing the car buy yourself you will have to do it, that’s why I advised Heather to contact one as it is really complicated.