Firstly a bit of admin…
I have merged the two queries as they both relate broadly to the same subject.
In answer to your queries…
Car Hire… Cant think of a single car hire company anywhere these days that does not require credit card as the sole means of payment. Debit cards are not generally acceptable. All have ways and means of charging additional fees. petrol, insurance, CDW insurance. Do your own research on the subject by googling Car Hire on the CDS.
Buying a car… yes you can but would it be cost effective? Annual car insurance, road tax, ITV (MOT) inspections, where will it be parked? All of these are things you will need to consider. there are certain legal requirements you will have to comply with; you will need an NIE number, and be registered on the padron at your local town hall. You will need the certificates in order to buy a car over here. Plus of course the cost of the flights for two people twice a year… plus the notional cost of the vehicle itself.
To be honest your most cost effective solution all round would be to drive your UK reg car over. Make sure that the Road Tax and MOT are valid for the duration of each trip. Provided that the car doesn’t stay over here for more than six months in any one year period it is not liable to any Spanish taxation and you wouldn’t have to put it on Spanish registration. OK the steering wheel might be on the wrong side but given the poor standard of driving on the CDS that shouldnt be too much of a problem.
Dont be tempted to buy a Spanish reg car in the UK or a Brit reg car in Spain… in both cases there are lots of scam artists about.
One last word on the admin side of this forum… be careful of the plugs for your business. Too many and you will suddenly find yourself banned…
We run a fairly tight ship here these days and SPAM posts are deleted and the poster banned without warning.
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