started by: DaveB-922713 · last update: 1404473639 · posted: 1404332564

I have really tried to make sense of the new car manufacturer's websites in Spain but it does seem to be very difficult to get to the prices, as PIVE 6 seems to dominate all quoted ones.  Does anyone have experience of actually buying new in the Costa Blanca area?  We need something like a Fiat Doblo or Citroen Berlingo and will be looking for hopefully an English speaking dealer around the Alicante area - Elche if possible.  Any info greatly appreciated.

started by: WilliamB-590970 · last update: 1403174545 · posted: 1403001815

British Embassy Madrid News release – Holidaymakers warned to watch out for highway robbers in Spain The British Embassy in Spain is warning holidaymakers to watch out for ruthless gangs of modern-day highway robbers who are preying on people driving foreign-registered vehicles and hire cars. Police in the Catalonia region of Spain have dealt with 126 British victims of robbery on the AP7 motorway between the French border and the Valencia region over the past two years. British Consulates across mainland Spain say they are receiving regular reports of roadside robbery occurring along the coast between Barcelona and Alicante, across Andalucia in the south, and in the Madrid region. Consular staff estimate that 1 in 20 of all emergency passports issued last year as a result of theft were following motorway robberies. A new video produced by the Foreign Office - ‘Don’t let thieves drive you to distraction’ - https://vimeo.com/98023947 shows real-life footage of some of the most common tactics. Highway robbers flag their victim down by indicating there is a problem with their vehicle, then one gets out to distract the occupants’ attention, whilst an unseen accomplice robs passports, money and other valuables before the gang makes a fast getaway. In a second case, the robber tricks a victim into thinking they have a problem with their parked vehicle, whilst another opens the door and removes valuables. Other tricks include throwing something that creates a sudden noise, or puncturing a tyre at a roadside rest stop. Will Middleton, consular regional director for Spain, warns: ‘Distraction is the most common technique used by highway robbers in Spain. They will try to worry you about the state of your vehicle, and then whilst they point out the supposed problem, an accomplice is robbing you. ‘So be wary of anyone attempting to stop you when you are driving, or trying to point out a problem or offering assistance. They may not be the good Samaritan they appear to be. ‘If someone points out a supposed problem whilst you are on the road, keep going until you reach a service area. If you have to stop, make sure one person stays in the vehicle. Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach. If you do notice a problem with your vehicle, call your emergency breakdown service for help. ‘We are working with the Spanish police to alert British visitors to how these gangs work, so that holidaymakers can avoid becoming victims. Police statistics indicate that these robberies are largely non-violent.  ‘However falling victim to this kind of theft can be distressing and costly: a family of four who lose all their passports would unfortunately need to pay around four hundred pounds to get emergency passports to get home.’ Case study 1 In April, Richard Hibbs from Llandudno in North Wales, and his brother-in-law who lives in Spain, had just driven through the toll booths on the AP7 motorway north of Barcelona when another car drove up very close to them and they heard a loud noise. It sounded the same as when Mr Hibbs had been in a minor collision once before. A youngster leant out of the window of the car and started shouting and gesticulating towards their vehicle, motioning them to stop. Alarmed, they pulled over and both got out. One of the occupants emerged from the other vehicle and held their attention by talking loudly in Spanish and pointing at their rear tyres. Then he suddenly broke off mid-sentence, ran back to his vehicle and dived in through the rear window as the car sped away. Whilst they were being distracted, another member of the gang had sneaked into the car and stolen a leather travel wallet containing two passports and other documents from the glove-box, and two coats from the back seat. The whole incident lasted less than two minutes. Mr Hibbs says: ‘Fortunately we didn’t have any cash or cards in the wallet and there were no weapons involved, although we’re still not sure how they made the noise. My insurance covered the cost of replacing the passports. ‘I’d say to anyone travelling in a vehicle with UK plates to think at least twice before stopping on a Spanish motorway in similar circumstances, particularly at night, and don’t keep all your valuables in the same place. If you do have to stop, don’t all get out of the car.’ Case study 2 Mr and Mrs J from Lewes in Sussex were on the AP7 north of Barcelona when a car overtook their British-registered Transit van and a young girl leant out of the back window shouting and indicating that there was a problem with the bikes on the back of their van. Unsuspecting, they pulled over and the passenger in the other car took them round to the other side of their van. Mrs J realised something was wrong when the ‘good Samaritan’ started pointing underneath the vehicle, but it was already too late. An accomplice had grabbed their passports and valuables, dived back into the moving car and the robbers made their getaway. Mr J warns: ‘It all happened so quickly… my advice is to avoid stopping on the motorway for whatever reason.’   Top tips to avoid highway robbers ruining your holiday: On the road Be wary of people flagging you down If you have a problem with your vehicle, call your emergency breakdown service Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach When you stop Park your vehicle in sight Take your valuables with you Watch out for tampering  

started by: stocky 46 · last update: 1403085833 · posted: 1401923547

Hi, all, I need to have my u.k. driving licence registered with trafico D.G.T. in Alicante. Has anyone been through this process and what are the main things to take with you. Best Wishes Dave.

started by: stocky 46 · last update: 1402940487 · posted: 1402940487

Hola, Is there a company or garage that can rebuild a van radiator or supply a replacement. Calpe or close by. the rad is 35 years old! Best Wishes Dave.

started by: br1anhay · last update: 1401819168 · posted: 1400518319

I would be interested in any information , recommendations , prices etc in relation to long term parking at Alicante airport. I have just bought a Spanish car and need to decide if I leave it at the house or the airport. My house is about an hour and fifteen minutes north of Alicante. If I left the car at the house I could use the Benniconnect bus. I understand that some of the car parking companies will collect you from the airport , at a cost ?

started by: BlueberryBelle · last update: 1399494644 · posted: 1399494644

Hello, I wonder if any one can help me. We are booking a holiday in Javea for two weeks in June, my brother in law is in a wheel chair permanently and we are looking to hire a vehicle that will take a wheelchair with him sat in it, in other words a car/van with a ramp to get the wheelchair in, he has a Vaulkswagon Caddy in the UK so something similar would be lovely, IF we could find one. I have been on the internet,  telephoned all the big name car hire companies to no avail. Would anyone know if there is a private company in Javea that have this type of vehicle.   Or maybe there is a company that do taxi type service to Alicante airport with a disabled vehicle. Your comments/help would be most useful. Than you very much for reading.

started by: carolkaz · last update: 1399312947 · posted: 1399281367

Hello can someone please explain (in simple terms after all I am a woman lol) how to change my English car to Spanish plates in easy steps and give me an idea of the cost  Thanks 

started by: carolkaz · last update: 1398643784 · posted: 1398089742

I come to Spain for 12 weeks from March and 10 weeks from September and stay in my daughters villa and people are now telling me that my English car is illegal to use for these lengths of time and that the police will take it from me and fine me thousands of euros if I continue to do this. My car is taxed insured and M.O.T'd and is perfectly legal so I do not understand why this is. Can anyone explain how I get round this ??   Thank you  Carolyn

started by: Gedhenly · last update: 1398605439 · posted: 1398378974

I am having problems with the AC in my car and would like to know if there any specialist auto AC people in the area Torrevieja/ Elche area

started by: andy/carole · last update: 1398004039 · posted: 1397468470

Regarding car hire. As we are thinking of renting in spain for about four months does anyone have any information on long term car hire rates?   Regards   Andy

started by: billi161-495326 · last update: 1397481365 · posted: 1397311667

i am hearing you have to be careful when you stop on autoroutes due to people pulling scams to enable them to steal your luggage etc. what number to you call to ring the police and do they speak english.anyone with info on this please let us know what to look out for

started by: yorkshire pud-945153 · last update: 1397247222 · posted: 1392485281

can anyone give me advice on driving from Brittany or northern France to Costa Blanca or vice versa.  I usually take the plane but it is too expensive now. Also when are the Spanish school holidays.  We are thinking of March 1st to come for a week.  are the kids off there too?  Please any help would be appreciated as I feel quite nervous about it but have no option.

started by: jscpch-588500 · last update: 1396219541 · posted: 1396219541

I have recently bought a 2003 Rover 75. Lovely condition and I want to register it here in Spain. The first problem is that an EU Certificate of Conformity is required. Apparently these are included completely free of charge in the handbook of post 2005 cars but even though cars sold before 2005 fully comply the receivers of the Rover Co. want around £200 for a certificate. Yes, just a bit of paper!!! Has anyone had the same problem and found a reasonable cost answer or can anyone possibly let me have a copy of a certificate or offer some reasonable suggestions please?

started by: Pambie · last update: 1396095107 · posted: 1396095107

Does anyone know of a van hire company in the Denia/Javea area. Many thanks

started by: stocky 46 · last update: 1393442327 · posted: 1392467124

Hola, All, Can you re-new your U.K. vehicle road tax from spain? It expires at the end of feb14 Dave.

started by: Weeks-399941 · last update: 1388918976 · posted: 1388094995

Advice please, last January we travelled in our motorhome from our home in Brittany to Oliva on the Costa Blanca, we travelled right down through France to Perpignan and then on the main roads, (not toll roads) over a few days sightseeing on the way. This year due to unforseen circumstances we cannot leave home until approx 18th January and I have a few queries. 1) Is the route we took last year the best, we are a little worried about crossing Spain north to south at this time of year with large camper and trailer as to road conditions. 2) What do the Spanish toll roads charge for our rig? In France we have to press the help button and they change our toll from class 4 back to class 2, would this apply in Spain. This year we really want to just get from A to B as quickly as possible, we are not sightseeing en route.  Any help or advice would be gratefully received. Angie

started by: dbgmitch · last update: 1388600241 · posted: 1388498228

Good afternoon to all I have a Diesel Boat based in Javea I am looking to have a set of diesel injectors overhauled by a diesel specialist, does anyone know where I can get these done , it not a job for the local Garage very specialized business , does anyone know where I can find either costa Blanca north or south  Thanks 

started by: johnk2 · last update: 1387704283 · posted: 1387626970

My wife and i recently travelled from Alicante airport with easyjet.At the boarding gate we were asked to put our cabin bags into the sizers.These new sizers were introduced in the summer and the case goes in sideways which ment our cases were 1 cm to long.We were then charged 55 euros per case 110 euros total I contacted easyjet complaints at Luton and explained that i had always used these cases and the system was unfair because not everyone was checked, and i was picked on because being a pensioner i would not make a fuss.They were not interested and unhelpfull. Luckily i flew back with Ryanair and had no problems with the same cases. So anyone flying with easyjet be warned.

started by: gallois-596133 · last update: 1384510378 · posted: 1378484859

We are leaving on Sunday for France and with advancing years I have some problems with this route in that essentially there is nothing there and if we break down it is pretty remote and add to this Sundays. Met a nice guy today who suggested the N routes and wondered if anyone had used them and the suggested route please.  My Sat Nav wants to take me through Valencia. Also robbed last October on the road between Barcelona and Valencia so hope you can see my reluctance?  Have to take the care have to.

started by: keithanddeb · last update: 1384189635 · posted: 1384189635

Hi All  we are In catral from the 22nd of DEC wondered if any knew of a van comimg over with a bit of space, We live in Hoddesdon Herts   Thanks Keith

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