CASE STUDY – Change of Ownership of a Car


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CASE STUDY – Change of Ownership of a Car

We received an enquiry today, which is quite common:-

“Are you are to arrange the title transfer of a vehicle I am about to purchase from a friend in Calpe. I am living in Almeria and have to return to the UK next Monday.  I can get all the relevant copies of documents, sale/purchase contract, NIE’s, padrons and the completed transfer document. I could meet along the coast between Murcia or Alicante airports.”

Our colleague Nicola answered it like this:

Thank you for your enquiry. I have been passed on your email as I deal with Trafico matters.  We would be delighted to help you but unfortunately, we wouldn’t be in a position to come and meet you to collect the documentation. Most of the documents can be scanned and sent to us by email, we would only need the original ITV, Logbook and Contract of Sale, but these could be sent to us by courier
to ensure their safe arrival, I would not recommend for the documents to be sent by normal post.

Once the change of ownership has taken place, your new log book and existing ITV would be delivered to our office in La Zenia and would need to be collected from there.  We, unfortunately, don’t offer a postal service for the documents. Should you be happy to proceed with this, we would require the following documents to complete the change of ownership;

-NIE & passport for the buyer & seller

-Padron or electricity or water bill in the buyer’s name (Not more than 6 months old to confirm the buyer’s address)

-Original Contract of Sale. (we can provide this if you do not have one)

-Original Logbook & ITV

-SUMA invoice (to ensure there are no debts on the car)

Once the documents are submitted to Trafico, they will provide a Justificante which will allow you to use the car in the absence of the log book and ITV.

Our fee & Trafico fee for this is 242€ + Taxes which will be calculated by Trafico upon receipt of the Logbook and ITV.

If you email me a copy of the ITV and Logbook we can confirm the total cost for the change of ownership before you proceed.

Should you have any queries in regards to this please do not hesitate to contact me.”

The client then asked if the car was registered in a certain province does it have to be changed over in that province and we reassured him that we could deal with it in the Alicante region.  He thanked us and said he would go ahead.


  • Shirley Pettit

    Bought my car from Bargain Cars in Estepona however they did not transfer car in my name. The company have gone. I tried with an office they could sort out but now they are unable. What can I do.

    • Nicola Ryan

      Good Morning Shirley,
      Thank you for your enquiry.

      We understand your frustration, we will need some further information before referring this matter to Trafico for their advice.

      We will email you directly.

      Kind regards

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