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Post Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:16 pm

Is it better to buy a left hand drive car before moving to Portugal or wait till we get there to buy one. I understand they are very expensive, but how does that compare with getting one re registered when we arrive. What is the age for driving in Portugal is it 17 like the UK.

 

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Post Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:56 pm

Not sure of the age to drive in Portugal but to re-register (matriculate) your car when you arrive is quite complicated.

First, you have to have owned it for 1 year in your home country, then you have to prove residency in your home country and so it goes on.

Some of us on this forum have managed to matriculate our cars but personally, knowing what I know now I would not go through it again, in fact, we had our Portuguese number plates on the 1st February and the dgv have not yet allowed our registration document and in fact are now querying our engine number, so it´s not sorted even yet and we started it last September.

Think it over carefully and good luck.

 

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 12:16 am

Many people who have done it would say don't bother. You can get some makes of vehicle here that are similar in price to the UK. Not all cars a that expensive. The age for driving is 18.


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:45 am

We don't feel up to the matriculation so have decided to buy in Portugal. We know that it is more expensive than anywhere else in Europe, but what the hell, everything else is much less expensive, let's just bite the bullet and get on with it.


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:20 am

We bought vehicles here and yes, second hand are more expensive, new are coming down in price.
I don't think there is much here less expensive than the UK, apart from council tax, car tax on older models, heating bills cos it's generally warmer, beer, wine, spirits and cigarettes.
The food shop is the same as the UK if not more, petrol is more than the UK at € 1.42 per litre (£ 1.12), diesel currently @ €1.30.
Clothing costs more, vehicle maintenance is expensive.
2 new front shock absorbers, 2 new rear drums and shoes on a Fiat Punto € 372, Puncture repair € 9.50, oil & filter change on Toyota Dyna € 57.

 

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Post Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:40 pm

For what it's worth, I bought LHD in UK; owned for 6 months (now 12 I believe) and matriculated it. Yes it cost for this service but it saved me well over 50% of the equivalent price for the car had I bought here in Portugal (assuming that I could have found one as it took me 12 months to find it in the UK). It took 6 months to matriculate (in 1999). And yes we had to become Residents.


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Post Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 2:21 pm

It sounds expensive in central Portugal.
Down here, our diesel and petrol are cheaper than the UK, our food shop for 4 is half than what we used to pay in the UK and I don't find clothes as expensive either!

The cost of cars is definitely coming down. Our cars were not that expensive compared to the UK. There are definitely some cars of equal price to the UK.
My husband has helped many people through the matriculation process and has also helped them buy cars and as a mechanic repair them etc. too. So we know a lot of the pitfalls etc.


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