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In Topic: Buying A Car When Living In Crete

02 July 2009 - 04:43 PM

Registering your own car is a huge pain ... mountains of paperwork .... and it will cost you an arm and a leg. Even though free movement of vehicles within the EU should be easy - unfortunately Greece is being dragged kicking and screaming into the EU .... so they tend to make up their own rules.

If you try to sneak your vehicle in on their "6-month stay" rule, they will come knocking on your door the day immediately after your "stay" expires .... trust me .... I know!!!!!

After spending a lot of time looking at second-hand cars .... and believe me I couldn't believe the prices they were asking simply because I am not Greek! ...... I took an ex-pat's advice and went to a car hire company. They sell their cars every 4 years .... and you know you're getting a decent vehicle because, by law, they have to have their vehicles serviced regularly and they are always well maintained. I will definitely buy my next car from the same car hire company. BUT, before you part with your money (and this applies to wherever you buy it from) make sure the car has paperwork to prove that it has been MOT'd on a regular basis. If you are stopped by the police, and your paperwork does not show that your vehicle has been MOT'd when it should have been, there is a 400 euro fine!!!!!! (even if you did not own the car at the time the MOT should have taken place), I had this problem (even when buying from a reputable car hire company). DO check all your paperwork before handing over money.

You will not be allowed to buy a car unless you can provide a tax number and a residency permit ...... although under the EU regulations you should not need a residency permit to live in Greece ..... but, like I said, Greece makes up its own rules and regulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good luck my friend!