It is advisable to request an “Informe de Cargas” before buying a car in Spain, particularly if it is a second hand vehicle.
The “Informe de Cargas” is a document that informs you of any outstanding debts or embargoes the vehicle may have. An online copy of the document can be found here . Once completed, the document is to be submitted to the traffic department office (Jefatura de Trafico) or if you have a digital signature
you can present it online at www.dgt.es .
If you do not speak Spanish or are unable to navigate the online service then it is advisable to ask the company that are processing your paperwork to carry out this service before you decide to purchase the vehicle. It is a step that should be taken before handing over any money. You should not pay any more than €50 for this service.
Unfortunately, we hear of too many expats in Spain who buy a second hand car in Spain and do not carry out the correct procedure relating to the paperwork.
If you have any doubts about the correct procedure to follow, do not hesitate to Contact Us.
On a final note: If you pay for a second hand car in Spain and a few months later decide to complete the necessary paperwork to register the vehicle in your name, you may well discover that it is not possible and your vehicle is embargoed due to outstanding debts of the previous owner. Is that a risk you are prepared to take for €50?
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By Lisa Sadleir.