Never nice getting bills for a sold car!
This is a true story about a successful businessman in La Zenia, who made a big mistake and kicked himself afterwards.
Bernie sold his car in a small now defunct car dealership in Cabo Roig in 2006 as a trade-in on a new Honda he had bought. The dealer said they would organise the paperwork when they re-sold his old Tata jeep. Rather than have us check it, and against his better judgement, he agreed and thought no more of it.
Two full years later, Bernie got a speeding fine, and a bill for Suma (road tax).
He went looking for the dealer, who had returned to wherever he was from and a new unhelpful mechanic was running the showroom. Bottom line, absolutely no progress. Bernie contacted the police, nothing they could do, so it was now a case of damage limitation as our solicitor said that legally he was 100% liable for the fines and taxes. He still owned the Tata as the paperwork had not been done.
Firstly, this is why people should absolutely come to someone like us when they sell a car privately, as otherwise it can and often will, end up a mess. We have many cases involving private sales turning sour although Bernie bought through a small unregistered dealer. One case in particular comes to mind involving a young guy whose parents had sold a car privately. This was expensive for all involved. What needs to be done when a car is sold is a contract of sale and a change of paperwork at Trafico, which we can arrange for you. You must get the buyer´s ID. If this is not done, the log book will stay in the previous owner´s name, and they will be responsible for any fines, road tax etc, unless it can be proven that they car was sold. Worse still, imagine Bernie’s car or the car of any of our other clients had been involved in a crime?
We told both Bernie that we could resolve his problem, and duly did, very cheaply, with the purchase contract and their passports. It is of course best to do things properly, and secondly to always keep records of paperwork and ID if you sell a car.
Fortunately, the numerous clients we’ve had in this exact situation have no need to worry as now they (or their parents) will not receive any more speeding fines nor will they have to pay road tax for the car, as it is officially notified that it is sold.
If you are buying a car in Spain, the cost of doing the sale properly relative to the cost of the vehicle itself is very small. Please don’t even think about not having Spanish Solutions just check it.
We are on your side. Contact Amanda on firstname.lastname@example.org with any motoring related queries.