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how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

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Re: how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

Post Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:13 pm

- cajun_spice98

Dumb question. LOL What is the difference in RHD headlights and LHD headlights? I thought headlights just pointed straight ahead of your car.

Also what is a fog light on the rear of the vehicle? Never heard of it. Did not know I had one. LOL


A UK car driven in Europe will blind drivers on the other side of the road unless modified.

This can be done with a kit that you can buy from Halfords probably or at the channel tunnel definitely - you basically put some stickers over your headlights and that does the trick.

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Re: how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 3:40 pm

Cajan :

The sticker method can only be used while you're driving it around British registered vehicle. Once you register it in Spain it will have to have new headlights as the sticker method is classed as a 'temp measure' and is never 100% accurate.

There are some cases where as you can get away with it by putting a sticker inside the light (if it's not a sealed unit) to reflect the light properly, but it would (or should) fail an MOT/ITV or TUV if it has anything stuck to the outside of the light/plastic.

You will also need by law to have the following in your vehicle at all times when driving in Spain.

x1 GB sticker for back (if your license plate does not have one)
x2 Warning triangles
x2 Reflective jackets
x1 Spare bulb set.

The x2 reflective jackets must conform to EU Standard BS EN 471: 1994 Class 1 or 2.

I also believe it's law to have a firstaid kit too.


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Re: how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:02 pm

Thanks for all this information. That is great I will make sure we have that stuff before we bring the car over. I will be over a month before the husband so while I am there for the first month I will have a rented car.

Anyone know what the charges are to come across the channel on ferry or through the tunnel?

 

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Re: how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:25 pm

- cajun_spice98

Thanks for all this information. That is great I will make sure we have that stuff before we bring the car over. I will be over a month before the husband so while I am there for the first month I will have a rented car.

Anyone know what the charges are to come across the channel on ferry or through the tunnel?



Cheapest way to do it is book a 'booze cruise' day return as one way is much more expensive.

Normally the ferries are cheaper you're looking around £35-40 (one way being a minimum of £70 depending on time of day/night)


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Re: how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 7:08 pm

Any suggestions who to book with?

BTW I noticed your id says London-Spain. Do you travel back and forth or do you now live in Spain? What area?

Husband used to live in Crystal Palace are of London now moving to Nerja Spain. Me I lived in America, then Durham and now moving to Spain.

 

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Re: how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

Post Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:46 pm

- cajun_spice98

Any suggestions who to book with?

BTW I noticed your id says London-Spain. Do you travel back and forth or do you now live in Spain? What area?

Husband used to live in Crystal Palace are of London now moving to Nerja Spain. Me I lived in America, then Durham and now moving to Spain.



Hi Cajun,

Firstly Seafrance & P&O have similar pricing schemes but having just used them yesterday P&O worked out a few pounds cheaper.

Yeah I currently spend a lot of time in Spain due to work and stay at my friends place in Palma, I hope to move to Spain on a more perm basis by the end of the year, business permitting.


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Re: how long car i keep my engish car in spain??

Post Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 2:30 pm

I may be wrong here, but I think that if you book a booze cruise but dont use the return ticket in time the ferry company will charge your credit card with the full one way travel fare.

edited to add, just checked the conditions specified by Brittany Ferried and they say:

"These fares are subject to restricted durations and are only valid providing both the outward and return journeys are completed as specified on the ticket.
If both journeys are not completed your outward travel will be considered a "single" journey and re-priced at the single tariff. Any additional payment due will be collected from the credit/debit card used for the original payment.
No refunds, amendments carry a £25 fee."

 

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