180 day rule with reference to vehicle

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I spend up to 180 days in Spain.  I have the opportunity of buying a UK registered vehicle from a friend but not until the autumn.  He will by then have spent nearly 180 days here with the vehicle.  My question is this: does the 180 days start again with change of ownership?  i.e. will I be ok to keep it in Spain until December 31st. 

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Dave W-839 1488044305

I don't see why it should be an issue, as the rule generally in the EU refers to the owner being resident, not the vehicle. To be legal in Spain, however, the car needs to be legal in its registered country, which means that you will need to notify the DVLA of the change of ownership and, of course, the new UK address.

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