Am thinking of buying a car end of the year in Crete.
Whats the procedure. Is it the same as the UK?
Buying a car, arranging the insurance and tax and then picking up the car a week later.
I understand that the tax is due at the end of every year, so it would be a good idea to buy a car in say Jan rather than Nov.
Any help would be appreciated.
Hi, in my experience it’s certainly better buying and therefore taxing a vehicle at the start of a year. The tax can only be purchased in December for the following year so buying in November, say, would mean taxing it for the whole of that year and then again in December for next.
You will have to pay a registration fee for change of ownership priced on the cc of the car and you may also need (I did) a resident certificate, even if you are not! Everything else is much the same as UK. You will need to produce your licence of course, but one useful and popular choice is to pay for insurance every 6 months.
The major downside, as i am sure you are aware, is the astronomical price of second hand cars in Crete. They want a couple of thousand Euros for something that would be ready for the scrapper here!
Yes, providing it has been taxed of course. A lot of owners have handed their plates back in because they cannot afford to tax them. If a car is not taxed in December for the following year and the plates have not been surrendered, any subsequent taxation carries a fine of double the original. Hence, make sure any car you buy is taxed for that year or wait until December. Happy days!