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Importing a Car to Tenerife

Updated: 26-04-2012 by

How Difficult is it to Import a Car to Tenerife?

If you want to import your existing car to the island there are several options open to you. You can either drive it through Europe and then take a ferry to the island or you could have it shipped out to you using companies that specialise in this service. Non-residents, people who live on the island for less than 6 months of the year are entitled to drive their cars during this time without any further paperwork having to be done. However, if you are officially living on the island on a permanent basis, then you'll have to get your car matriculated to Tenerife number plates. One thing to remember is that if you stay any longer than 6 months on the island you are automatically considered to be a resident and will have to get your can matriculated onto Spanish plates.

If I drive my car over to the island how long do I get before I have to matriculate it over to Tenerife plates?

You have 6 months to do this if you intend on living on the island on a permanent basis. If you have your car shipped over then you only have 1 month. One thing you have to think about is that if you have owned your car for less than 6 months in your country of origin, then you'll have to pay an extra 11% car value tax on top of all other charges.

How hard is it to import a car to the island?

It is quite complicated to import a car to the island which means you have to consider whether or not it is really worth doing.

What does it cost to import a car to Tenerife?

You'll have to pay the shipping or transport costs, fee for matriculation, various other taxes, the cost of changing headlights over to comform to right-hand-drive roads and have an obligatory technical inspection carried out on your car. On top of this there might be fees for filling in several forms. If you have driven the car through Europe then you'll have the fuel expenses, ferry costs with tickets officially stamped and dated to prove when you bought the car onto the island. You'll more than likely need to employ the services of a professional to do all of this which can add up to a lot of money.