Hi, I intend to drive my old UK car over to Crete. I understand that it will only be legal up to 6 months then either have to leave the country or scrap. Is it any easier to register a car now in Crete? Has anyone got experience of what happens if you are stopped after the 6 month period, is the scrapped or are you fined? I am aware that there is quite a few people who have foreign cars and haven’t registered are they just chancing it?
In reply … Perhaps people are just lucky dodging law enforcement. And maybe you just answered your own question on car transfer from UK to Greece.
Anyway hope the following helps if you changed your thinking.
There is one real experience of going through the legal motions that is spelled out. It happens to be a #Corfu experience. The bit about getting the ‘transfer of your residence’ done at the Greek Embassy, in the move from UK to Greece seems to be critical to the exercise of transferring a car from British taxation to Greek taxation. If it proves worthwhile, just remember that the value of second hand vehicles in Greece stays higher and for longer than in the UK.
The key question is…is it all worth it? or just dumping your car after 6months?
It is more complicated importing a car into Greece, as counted as asset for Tax office. I believe for first years you are limited who can drive the car, believe the number plate is a different colour so easy for police to spot. If you might choose once imported to return it to UK or another country they will still count you tax on it for the 1st five years.
It is convenient to drive your own car over, as you can stop off on way for sight seeing and obviously bring a certain amount of your luggage over with you.
The problem with returning again within 6 months, unless you choose to make a bit of a holiday out of it and maybe bring stuff back to UK is the added costs of all the ferries.
BTW a Sunday is a good day for driving in much of Europe because Lorries mainly are not on the roads.
Many people avoid much of France due to Toil charges.
Though worthwhile crossing into France for cheap hotel with parking. (check websites first for where suits you. Places we book usually allow cancellation upto 6pm on day, but check terms yourself)
The very large supermarkets in France generall have good restaurants with choices for lunch at reasonable price. Also free water and ice machine, usuall after the cash till.
Luxembourg has cheap petrol and diesel, still under a Euro a litre, also 20% less for cigs/tobac than Belgium.
In Germany we have always been pleased with the off road places to eat, good portions and fair prices.
We once stayed somewhere very reasonable overnight in Tirol Austra.