I have read previous posts about buying a car in Corfu bit I wondered if any regular Corfu visitors have ended up buying a car and keeping it out there as an alternative to hiring one evry tinme they go?
If you were going to visit for say three, four or five weeks a year would it be cheaper to buy a little runabout - say £4000 - than keep hiring them?
Can it be left at the airport parking for free for longish periods?
Message posted by michaellord on 07 August 2006 at 3:39pm - IP Logged
We went ahead and bought a car last year. For us alone it may not have been worth it but we allow family and freinds to use it when they visit as well so that makes it worthwhile. We've insured for any driver over 25. We spent 6,000 Euros on car which was nearly 3 years old. Provided we keep it going for a few years it will have been worth it.
I know of somebody who left their car at the airport for months but I don't know if that will be safe to do at all times. There may be occasions where they do maintenence work etc and they may see your car as abondoned if it is not moved.
Message posted by Guest on 07 August 2006 at 4:00pm - IP Logged
You need a resident's permit to buy a car in Corfu, so I am confused as to the answer above from michaelord and presume he has one?
Personally, I wouldn't leave a car at the airport for more than a few days.
Not too sure of the legality of having a car there for friends and family to use when you aren't there as that could invalidate the insurance.
Message posted by John and Hilary on 07 August 2006 at 8:51pm - IP Logged
INFORMATION ON COMMUNITY LAW Before registering your vehicle, the authorities will check whether it is type-approved. In addition, if the vehicle is not a new one, they may require it to undergo a roadworthiness test. The registration procedure is not harmonised at Community level. In other words, different procedures are applied and different documents required in the various Member States. However, national rules must comply with a number of principles under Community law. This Factsheet gives you some general information on these rules, and more details on the type-approval and registration procedures applied nationally. For further information on the legal principles applicable under Community law, please refer to the Commission Communication on the type-approval and registration of vehicles previously registered in another Member State, as set out in OJ C 143 of 15.5.1996. 1. If you are moving If you are moving to a different Community Member State, you must register your vehicle in that country as soon as possible after arrival and, at any rate, within six months of moving. You should have no difficulty in getting your vehicle registered provided you follow the set procedures. 2. Type approval Type-approval procedures are carried out by national authorities to ensure that a vehicle complies with the technical characteristics (for example, safety standards) required by law. Vehicles that have been type-approved are issued with a Certificate of Conformity. Type- approval procedures have already been harmonised across the EC for individual vehicles (i.e. those with seating for no more than eight passengers) since 1 January 1996, but in certain cases, national approval procedures remain. You can find out whether your vehicle has undergone EC or national type-approval from the car documents or from the manufacturer. If your vehicle is a model which has obtained EC type-approval, the Certificate of Conformity issued by the Manufacturer is valid in all Member States of the European Community, and the national authorities must accept it. If your vehicle has obtained national type-approval, the authorities in the country in which you are applying for registration may refuse to accept the national Certificate of Conformity only (a) if it can be shown that the vehicle represents a serious hazard to road safety or the environment, and (b) the decision is properly justified. The fact that your vehicle may have technical characteristics which differ from those prescribed by the national rules in the country in which you wish to register it does not, in itself, constitute a sufficient reason for refusing type-approval and registration. At any rate, the type-approval procedure may not cause you unreasonable delay or excessive cost, nor require you to obtain information which is already available in the documents at your disposal. 3. Roadworthiness testing Roadworthiness tests are designed to check on the physical condition of your vehicle. The authorities in the country to which you are moving may require it to undergo a roadworthiness test in order to check its physical condition. Under Community law, though, such checks may be imposed on an imported vehicle only where they are also required for national vehicles. In addition, such tests may not be stricter for imported vehicles than for vehicles of national origin. 4. Registration formalities Registration procedures have not been harmonised by the EC, so it is up to each Member State to specify the documents required for vehicle registration purposes. These documents may not duplicate information already given in any documents submitted for roadworthiness tests or for type-approval.
4 Formalities and contact points in Greece
The first test for new private cars and new goods vehicles with a gross weight not exceeding 3.5 tonnes takes place four years (give or take one week) after the vehicle first entered into service, except in the Prefecture of Attica, where you will receive notification of when and where to report from the Directorate for Motor Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Subsequently, the test is carried out every two years (give or take one week), except in Attica, where the frequency is every three years (give or take one week).
Tests are carried out by the Roadworthiness Test Centre (KTEO) in your local prefecture. In the Prefectures of Athens and Thessaloniki, you should telephone the number 167 for an appointment.
In the Prefecture of Attica, you should telephone the number 180 to obtain details of test programming and of the documents you will be required to produce as well as other information.
Cost of the test
Cars: Dr 8 000 Goods vehicles with a gross weight of less than 3.5 tonnes: Dr12 000 Buses: Dr 20 000 Goods vehicles with a gross weight of between 3.5 and 10 tonnes: Dr 16 000 Goods vehicles with a gross weight of more than 10 tonnes: Dr 24 000
If you present your vehicle late for its first test, you will be charged an additional fee.
You will need to produce the following documents:
(a) the vehicle's registration document; (b) proof that you have paid road tax; (c) a road tax disc; (d) your identity card; (e) where appropriate, the certificate issued after the previous test.
Documents required for registration
For second-hand vehicles:
1. the type-approval certificate, certificate of conformity or registration document issued by the Member State from which you come; 2. your driving licence; 3. proof that you have paid road tax and customs duties; 4. a document indicating the identity of the vehicle's owner; 5. a test certificate issued by the KTEO.
If the vehicle is brought in from a non-EU country, a certificate concerning exhaust emissions is also required.
For new vehicles:
1. the type-approval certificate; 2. your driving licence; 3. proof that you have paid road tax and customs duties; 4. a document indicating the identity of the vehicle's owner.
In the case of new vehicles, the type-approval certificate is issued by:
Ministry of Transport and Communications Directorate-General for Transport Directorate for Motor Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing Xenofondos 13 T.K. 101 91 - Athens Tel. No:+30.1.3254515 Fax :+30.1.3231054
The registration document for new and second-hand vehicles is issued by the transport and communications authorities of your local prefecture.
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