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    UTID Paul
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        Hi everyone, first time on site so excuse if wrong section for question. We are moving to Crete in 18 months and although renting my wife is determined to bring half the house with her! Seems best way is to drive over and then try and sell car to someone going back to UK. If I can’t then no way paying to import car permanently to Crete so what is situation on scrapping UK reg car in Crete. Might seem OTT but cheaper than paying tax I think. Any thoughts?

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        #26997
        crete4ever
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            So the first question is how much are you renting your wife for..

            Sorry, had to ask that…  ok sell the car in the UK you will get a better deal than here, use the cash you get to buy a new car here, good deals at the moment…

            IMHO get a transport co. to bring your things over, including the kitchen sink, if your wife needs it, works out cheaper in the long run.

            Tell your wife, and you to throw, or car boot sale anything you havn`t used in the last 6 months. Been here for a few years and still have boxes that are full of stuff I havn`t opened yet.

            Whatever you need you can buy here

            Good luck

            #27282
            moggy1923
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                [size=16]“Seems best way is to drive over and then try and sell car to someone going back to UK.”
                  You are allowed to keep a UK car in Greece for up to 6 months providing you have the correct insurance, also that you have paid the UK road taxes.  Suggest you get an MOT for as close to 12 months as possible before you leave.  Then you can use it for the first months and start to advertise it for sale after say 3 or months so, on basis it has to go back to UK/ be out of Greece by set date, as there is nothing to stop anyone taking it to another European country for a few months on way back to UK.  It has to be back to UK before MOT date runs out.  If you are going to drive out, then make a trip of it and stop off the odd night, Tirol District of Austria is a pretty place without having to break the bank with overnight stay.  Spend a few hours in Venice before getting the ferry,  Make a couple of stops in Greece for a couple of hours on way across to Pireaus
                “If I can’t then no way paying to import car permanently to Crete”(very sensibly too, as far too expensive) “so what is situation on scrapping UK reg car in Crete”.  Sugge
                st you contact your local office, Dept of Transport or the like in UK.  Believe they would want the Registration documents, car number plates!  Maybe also a document from whoever scrapped it on Crete for you.  Things like that, just to prove you are not a terrorist, odd as it might sound.  As well as to show you would no longer be liable for Road Tax
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                #27499
                stevemartin911
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                    Hi,
                    It seems car importing may be worth considering, I know someone who imported a 2005 Astra Diesel, got the red plates ( tax not paid ) for about 400euro’s BUT you have to go and jump through a few hoops at the Greek Embassy in London with lots of paperwork to get stamped. If you have a car post 2005 and don’t mind driving a RHD car here then its a very good route to take, cars here are expensive new and generally rough and very expensive second hand.

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                    UTID Paul
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                        Hi,

                        Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond to my question. Sensible advice and suggestions which are much appreciated. Good to see that we will be joining a community that helps each other. crete4ever – nice one! Any reasonable offer accepted!!

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