The following comprehensive guide outlines the process of transferring ownership of a second-hand vehicle between two people in Spain.
Although some will prefer to hire the services of a Spanish Gestor to undertake this, it is quite simple to do yourself if armed with the correct documentation and if you can speak a little Spanish.
Before you Transfer a Vehicle
Before you transfer any vehicle, there are several things you will need to do including:-
From the buyer's perspective, you must check with the DGT that the vehicle is fully legal. You can obtain a free standard report or a detailed report for €8.67 at the following address.
Create a Sales Contract
Firstly, the buyer will need to create a written sales contract between themselves and the seller of the vehicle which should include the exact date and time that they will become the new owner of the vehicle. Both parties will need to sign it.
It is important to do this if speeding or other fines can be attributed to the correct owner of the vehicle.
When selling your vehicle to another individual, you are also strongly advised to make sure you never deliver the vehicle without having a contract with you that is signed by both parties. Both sheets of the contract should also be signed by both buyer and seller.
You are also advised to get a photocopy of the buyer's ID for example their DNI, NIF or Residency certificate.
The seller will need to provide the following documentation:-
Within 10 days, the seller of the vehicle will need to notify the Jefatura de Tráfico office of the sale of the vehicle using the correct form here. If this is not done, the seller may be liable for any future fines, taxes, and overall responsibility for the vehicle.
There is a small fee of €8.67 to do this.
You can find the Jefatura de Tráfico for your region via the following page
The seller will also need to make sure that they inform their insurance company about the change of ownership.
After the sales contract has been signed by both parties and the vehicle has been handed over, the buyer will then have 15 days to provide the seller with a copy of the new Permiso de Circulación logbook, which will prove that ownership has changed hands.
It will be the buyer's responsibility to register themselves as the new owners of the vehicle. To do this they will need to make an appointment at the Jefatura de Tráfico office and provide the following documentation:-
Once you have all of these documents you will need to make an appointment at your local Jefatura de Tráfico (Provincial Traffic Office) within 30 days. To do this you will need to call 060.
Before attending your appointment at the traffic office, you will need to go to the local tax office (Hacienda) to pay the transfer tax (Modelo form 620) which is around 4% of the official/fiscal value of the vehicle.
When the transfer tax has been paid, you will need to attend your appointment at the Jefatura de Tráfico office and pay a fee and also provide them with the receipt/proof that the transfer tax has been paid. You will then need to present the official with the rest of your documentation listed in the buyer's section above.
How Much Does It Cost To Transfer the Vehicle?
The current fee of €55.70 (mopeds €27.85) will need to be paid by the buyer at the local traffic office (Jefatura de Tráfico) for the transfer of the vehicle.
This is in addition to the 4% transfer tax that will need to be paid to the Hacienda tax office.
The seller will need to pay a small fee of €8.67 when informing the DGT traffic department of the sale of the vehicle.
If you are purchasing a vehicle from a local dealer, they will usually transfer the ownership of the vehicle to you.
All the information and documentation you need to transfer a vehicle can be viewed at the official DGT page at https://sede.dgt.gob.es/es/ which has an English option.
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