The thing about driving licences is that each member state of the eU sets its own examinations and whilst the core material is similar there are national differences. In Spain the theory part of the exam is wide ranging and covers a lot of areas which on the face of it have little or nothing to do with driving itself.
There is no such thing as an EU common licence which covers all of the member states, rather each country’s individual licences are accepted throughout the EU.
I think this is the same as in the US where each individual state’s licences can be used nationally, there is no such thing as a USA wide national licence.
For example I am a Brit by birth and hold an UK issued EU approved licence I can therefore drive anywhere in Europe on this licence. In theory, when one takes up residence in another EU country one should exchange this licence for the other country’s bersion. It’s supposedly a straight swap, no test, just a degree of burocracy. However there is no legal requirement to do so; its one of the ‘joys’ of EU rules and regulations. Reciprocity agreements do exists between some US states and Spain and it might be worth your while looking into this ahead of your move ie., try to obtain a licence from a state that has a reciprocity agreement with Spain in place. That way you could enjoy the same straight swap arrangements that we have. Sorry but you will have to research the legalities of that one yourself.
Just going back to the vehicle itself… as I said the vehicle must be compliant with whatever the manufacturers basic build standard is for the country in which it is to be used. Its my understanding that the Toyota Tacoma has its origins in the Toyota Hilux a vehicle which is used extensively in Spain. Given your husband’s familiarity with the vehicle type it would probably be best to buy a second hand Hilux or similar over here which is already on Spanish plates and, having registered the change of ownership, discuss with a Toyota dealer any modifications he may wish to make. Any modifications however must be incorportaed by an approved agency and the details recorded and stamped on the vehicle documentation. Even the simple addition of a towbar has to be recorded; if an after market towbar is fitted and isnt recorded the vehicle will fail the ITV test… tyres must be in compliance with the stated type size and rating as recorded, again its a fail item if they dont. Similar rules apply to headlights if uprated bulbs or additional spotlights are fitted.
As a rough idea of prices involved hers a link to a website giving some examples of the Hilux examples available for sale in Spain at this moment…
Dont be put off by the recorded ‘mileage’ of some of these vehicles; rember we are dealing with Kms here not miles and 1Km= 0.625 miles… so a car with a recorded odometer reading of 100,000 Kms has in fact just 62,500 Miles on the clock!
Hope this helps in some small way…