All roads lead to England

In conversation with someone today about how complicated it is here with registering a motorhome + small car + trailer, and going through the yearly updates on those, and not having a fixed address in Spain, and paying tax on absolutely everything, the answer became clear:

Buy a (left hand drive) motorhome, Smart car and small trailer in the UK!

It’s entirely possible, and sooooo much less hassle. I won’t be asked to move those to Spanish or other plates, as I will never be more than 6 months in a given spot.

Genius. It’s quite a relieve to think I won’t have to deal with the Spanish paperwork no more. And as it happens I spotted a great motorhome in Leeds, fully kitted and ready to go, with everything I need, at *just* over my budget (always is, isn’t it?). Seeing that I am in the UK this weekend, I think I can work in a stop in Leeds. Done, flights changed. (And I never knew I could fly Leeds Bradford Airport to Heathrow, to get my Barcelona flight.)

To ensure I remain entirely sane, I’m hiring a local lawyer to assist with the private sale of my car (now advertised online locally and attracting some attention).

Yes, it’s that complicated.

 

A slight delay. Really, in Spain?

I went through the motions of trying to sell my car with a local “we buy any car.com” company. I know, I get less money, but in theory, they take care of all the paperwork and make it easy, right?

Hmm. It turns out I’m missing *1* piece of paper, which is not really required, as without it, I could not get the other papers I have, but they insist. Why? Because that’s what it says on their forms. And then I got so annoyed with them insisting on this, and telling to go to the traffic ministry to get it, that I told them to cancel the sale.

Upon which they said they can’t, of course. Well, I can.

I also took the motorhome I had my eye on for a test drive. It’s a lot noisier than my car! But that’s to be expected. It’s a nice drive, but I’m concerned about the van’s age and plenty of signs of rust on the exhaust, undercarriage and supporting legs. I’m not sure now about this van.

Also, I need to consider if I’m putting this in my brother’s name, or transfering my local NIE registration to a friend’s address (as I won’t technically have an address) and all that jazz.

So yes, June is looming but now that I’ve made the decision to not rush into the motorhome, and pushing my car for a quick sale, I feel much better. With the help of my friend Ruben here in Castelldefels we’re going to list the car online and I’ve also contacted a UK company that specialises in buying Spanish cars. At the very least I’ll get a couple of grand extra, which can go towards the motorhome costs.

Two steps forward, one step back!

The Decision Has Been Made

I’m going to get rid of all the stuff in my apartment life and move into a motorhome, and see how long I enjoy that before I crave for my own place again. The plan is to tour Europe, and work from the motorhome and enjoy the freedom of movement I’m unsure I’ll get post Brexit.

A combination of factors drove me to this decision but it’s mainly something I’ve always wanted to do, and really, why postpone!

From a business perspective, it’s obvious that a Spanish business is not the way to go. So I’m looking at the more innovative Eastern European countries and I’m likely to make Plodiv, in Bulgaria, my official base. It’s tax friendly, easy to create a business there and in closer proximity to our developers who are based in Serbia. So Bulgaria it is.

The car is being sold. I have it till tomorrow only. I thought I’d really be sad about it, and it’s a super car etc, but hey, it’s only a car. If I miss it too much, I’ll get another! For now, it’s an assett turned to cash that I can use to finance the motorhome.

I’m trying to get a Spanish registered motorhome and small car, as I have local papers but wow, paperwork. I won’t moan too much but I’ll celeberate when it’s all in place.

The one I have my eye one is great, albeit a bit on the old side, but it’s sort of a perfect size/space/layout combination for me, and of course, Olli. He’s in, already, as you can see.

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The plan is to set off mid- June. I have a lot of stuff to get rid of, and a ton of things to sort out. I’ll keep you posted here.