Between 2009 and 2018 when he semi-retired, Graham Shelton of Spanish Number Plates wrote a fortnightly column for the Costa News Group which covers most of the towns and cities of the Mediterranean coastline. Many of these are included in this section of posts having been updated in April 2020. Some cannot be included now because the rules and regulations are constantly changing.

Although this information is correct as of this date, if you are unsure about what has been said, especially if this contradicts other information that you have been given, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

The ones in the “archived files” section are old and out of date, but are shown for historical reasons.

Positive discrimination

Jose and Maria decide to buy a brand new car as the old one that was fine when they were courting in the campo is showing signs of age. They finally settle on one. As a new car, it will not need an ITV until it is 4 years old; the dealer gives them an […]

DIY problems

I am full of admiration for those people with a natural skill which they have developed. Creating something from nothing is an amazing feat which the well versed make look so easy. A cabinet from a block of wood, a gate from bits of metal and a portrait on a bare canvas leave me feeling […]

Worst case scenario

Life can be a bitch. Problems and tragedies happen to all of us and just when we think that the corner is being turned, wham there we go again. Hindsight has 20/20 vision but sometimes with planning we can avoid the slings and arrows of this life On occasion I have assisted customers in getting […]

Who to turn to

So that this column is contemporary, I always try to cover those issues that have recently arisen. This answers a question that is frequently asked as to how the inspiration is found to write. Last week had me fuming once again over the poor advice and unnecessary costs that expats had incurred by speaking to […]

Timescales and urban myths

Within about half an hour of the sad news of the death of Michael Jackson, I startled to receive text messages from many people. Some people find these types of messages sad, funny, sick or helpful as a way of dealing with the news. This phenomenon appears to be peculiar to we Brits. When I […]

Which 6 months?

Misinformation surrounding the import and re-registration of vehicles into Spain is always rife and frequently propagated on expat blogs. It is always worth remembering that what applied to your mate on the urb’ may not apply to you as each situation is individual. The greatest confusion arises over 6-month rules You do not have to […]

“Change of Residence” for imported vehicles

Before moving from the UK to Spain, I looked around for a people carrier to drive over and use here, as these vehicles can be very versatile. Of course at that time I knew nothing about importing or re-registering cars as it was only much later that I found out what a complex area it […]

Who can you trust

Who can you trust? For a few years now I have been dealing with those wonderful people in the Spanish bureaucracy. Although I am conversant with the language and procedures I prefer to work with a specialist gestoria who act as the main interface with the authorities. Quite frankly if I didn’t, I would not […]

Brexit. Update to procedures

THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST PRODUCED A FEW YEARS AGO FOR THE ANNUAL PUBLICATION BY THE COSTA BLANCA NEWS “COSTA LIFE”. IT WAS REPRODUCED IN THE SAME MAGAZINE IN EARLY 2020 TO INCLUDE THE POTENTIAL AFFECTS OF BREXIT Most of us when moving to our new life in Spain like to do things right and have […]

FAQ’s

After more than 10 years of dealing with motoring matters, re-registering over 2000 vehicles, dealing in transfers, driving licences and rescuing motorists from the welcoming arms of the various police forces, I have an understanding of what is what, despite the ever-changing rules. Working with a specialist lawyer certainly keeps me up to date. So […]

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