How long can I drive a foreign plated car in Spain before registering it

How long can I drive a foreign plated car in Spain before registering it?  It’s a question that is raised over and over again on social media, and we’re asked almost every week – ‘’How long can I drive a foreign-plated car in Spain before having to  register it?’’ There are hundreds of blogs out…

2022 Driving in Spain with a UK licence update

If you are resident in Spain and have a UK driving licence, you can no longer exchange for a Spanish driving licence British citizens with a UK driving licence, residents in Spain, cannot exchange their driving licence for a Spanish one.  The last date for Spanish residents with a UK driving licence to register their…

Tyres and passing the ITV: Upsticks top tips on all things tyres

Tyres are one of the most scrutinized aspects of the ITV inspection. Here are Upsticks top tips on what the technicians are looking for and how to avoid a fail. General condition of tyres AND rims, visual check The first thing on the list is a visual check of the tyres and the rims. A…

Driving in Spain – what is IVTM road tax?

If you own any sort of vehicle (van, car, motorcycle etc) that’s going to be driving around on Spanish roads, you’ll need to pay IVTM. What is IVTM? Known in Spain by the catchy title of “Impuesto Sobre Vehículos de Tracción Mecánica”, thankfully shortened to IVTM, it’s the equivalent of the UK’s Road Fund Licence…

TALLERES SIEDEL, body shop and the ideal garage to replace your headlights

If you want to register your UK right hand drive vehicle in Spain, one of the most common changes you’ll need to arrange is swapping the headlights. While this might sound like a real challenge, the key is having a trustworthy and reliable mechanic on hand to take care of this for you. Fortunately, Jesus…