After reading on another website that Spain is about to ban the import of all right hand drive cars I thought I would shed some light on the situation.
On December 23rd last year our gestor finaly completed the process on our Audi - we now have Spanish plates and our car is fully legal! Wahey, well it did take a long time probably about 7 months all in all.
So here is the process:
1) get your car insured, try www.abbeygateinsurance.com to get cover for a uk plated car
2) Take your car to Baza and get a "ficha technica" this is a document that will take around 7-10 days to receive and details everything about your car, dimensions/towbar/cc/vin plate etc
3) Take your car to the ITV testing station outside Baza - you must have your ficha technica with you. DO NOT go to Caravaca ITV station - they simply do not entertain uk vehicles (dont ask me why when Baza do)
4) You can change your headlights beforehand if you so wish (advisable) but you can take a risk and get them adjusted (depending on make and model) and you might get away with it. Changing headlights is costly but if I can offer one word of advice to save you mucho dinero it is this.....we went to the motor factors in Huescar and were quoted 598 euros for a pair of Audi lights, then we went to the scrapyard in Baza who can also order new parts within 48 hours they charged us 250 euros for the pair (same genuine items)
5) Providing you pass the ITV see your local gestor and tell him to sort the rest, you can do it yourself but it simply is not worth the hassle.
Thats it!! A word of warning though....... (yeah I know, its never that easy)
When aquiring your ficha technica check the details - the guy had my car down as a 6 cylinder V6 engine 150bhp when actualy its a 4 cylinder 2ltr 120bhp. This caused problems.
Go for your ITV once, if anything has to be done to pass you will get 15 days to rectify the problem. At the time we asked for our money back and so had to go through the whole ITV again (otherwise they only check what the car failed on the last time) Our first ITV picked up 3 faults that had to be fixed, the second ITV picked up 4 faults - all completly different.
Costs: (approx, this is what it cost us August 2005)
Ficha Technica 75.00
Gestor fee 296.00 (inc all taxes/trafico etc)
TOTAL 724.00 euros
If your not concerned about driving an RHD car and the car is worth it or of value/classic status etc etc then I would say go for it, from a selling point of view it will always be way below Spanish market value because the steering wheel is on the wrong side but the fact that it has Spanish plates will make it worth something. UK registered RHD cars here in Spain hold very little value if any. The procedure will differ from region to region which is probably why there is so much debate about the whole thing, also this is just how we did it so rules and procedure may have changed again by now! Anyway its here as a guide for those who may need it. Good Luck!!!!
Baza ITV station 958342098
Mechanic (orce) 646694850