Today is the day! Finally we get our new car and new scooter. We are really fed up with driving the rental car, already for 18 days!
New? Well, the car is an occasion. And if you really get it is never sure in Spain.
The garage offered us three cars already and the first time there was suddenly somebody else interested. The second time the owner suddenly could not sell because the bank did not give him money for his new car. And the third time again there was somebody else interested. Johan got really angry on the phone and said:
“If we again don’t get this car, we will go to different garage” and he hang up.
A few minutes later Neus (yes that is really her name) called us and said:
“The other person cannot decide today, so tomorrow morning you guys can buy the car.”
We were so afraid that again we did not get this car, that we drove to the garage at 9 in the morning and decided right away that we would buy.
An orange Landrover Freelander 2 from 2008 with 84.000 km.
Buying an occasion car in Spain you need a few things. A NIE-number (a sort of BSN, social security number), Informacion Registral (a paper where you can prove you live on Ibiza) and a copy of your passport. For buying the new scooter, we needed more: your original Escritura (that you own a house), your original NIE-number and you have to leave your passport for a few hours to the store, so somebody from the Gestoria (administration office) can go to the Trafico, to put the scooter under your name. Everybody asks commission to arrange these things for you, but you don’t want to go to Trafico yourself: they open at 9 in the morning and already at 8 there are more than 15 people waiting in front of you on the street!
And of course your car (and scooter) needs to be insured!
I emailed my sweet contact in Madrid at Allianz, who helped us with the insurance of our Madrid-apartment, what I needed to arrange an insurance. For Allianz I needed a scan of my drivers licence, my NIE-number again and a I needed proof that I did not often had damage on my cars. It suddenly appeared to me that I never cancelled my insurance in Holland for the Nissan Qashqai.
Even Apeldoorn bellen!
One phone call to Achmea Centraal Beheer was enough, but I needed the “vrijwaring” (disclaimer).
I panicked. “Where did I put my disclaimer?” I asked Johan.
“In one of the 12 moving boxes which you have not unpacked yet!”
I called the Nissan garage where salesman Almer Aantjes was very helpful. He made a print screen from the new owner. This was enough for Achmea.
It is now noon and no call from Neus of the Landrover garage!
Mañana, mañana? Nooooooo !!