When it comes to buying a used car in Spain, it can seem like a daunting process.
We have all heard the horror stories about inheriting a debt when purchasing a used car or simply buying a lemon.
Here are our tips on what to look out for when buying a used car in Spain.
Buying a used car from a dealer
While cars from a dealership can be pricier, it will usually be more economical in the long run. A reputable used car dealership on the Costa Del Sol will usually provide a 12 months warranty on all their cars. Also when buying a car from a dealer, it is guaranteed that there is no debt against the car (however we do recommend that you read the contract carefully as there may be a few ´funny´ operators in Spain).
Normally if a price of a used car is too good to be true, it usually is. Ensure that you read the advertised content carefully as the price could exclude I.V.A. or be subject to finance.
When making a used car inquiry, always check with the dealer if the advertised price is driveaway or if there are any additional fees. For example, check that the 12 months warranty and registration transfer fee are included.
Also, reputable used car dealerships should provide you with an accident free certificate to prove that the vehicle has not had structural accident damage.
Buying a used car privately
If you decide to buy a used car privately, there are a few things for you to consider.
The first is that there is no warranty on the used car you purchase unless the vehicle is still covered under the manufacturers warranty. Your second consideration is whether there is a debt (loan or fines) against the car. By buying a used car with an outstanding debt, it means that the new buyer inherits the debt against the car.
You have decided to buy your used car privately, now what?
Check with the buyer if he/she will allow a mechanical check on the vehicle and take it to your trusted mechanic. Often cars are sold privately when there is a costly mechanical repair to be done as the seller will find it difficult to trade in their vehicle on a new car.
When buying a car privately, also consider that the buyer has to cover the registration transfer which is dependent on the vehicle price.
When it comes to buying a car privately, the most popular website is Milanuncios
Documents required to purchase a used vehicle in Spain
Whether you are buying a car privately or from a used car dealership, here is a list of the paperwork that is required (depending on your residency status there may be additional documentation needed).
1. Original copy of your empadronamiento (less than 3 months old) or
if you own a property, a copy of your deeds (escrituras)
2. Copy of your passport
3. Copy of your N.I.E.
4. Signed copy of the contract
5. Signed copy of the registration transfer form
6. Signed copy of the aurithority for the gestoria to act on your behalf.