Electric cars and their future

WE hear, quite often, on the television or in the press, that the electric car is a thing of the future. Is this a reality, or is modern technology coming with too high a price tag, and too many dangers? We are already seeing many large car parks and supermarket car parks – as well […]

Buying or renting a car?

SO you’ve made the big move, or you’re what is often termed as being a “Swallow”. You’ll always need the use of a car, so you hire one, right? As with renting a property, it’s always a good idea, initially, as it gives you a feel of the place in which you are living, and […]

Spain’s car-manufacturing history

SPAIN’S economic expansion was set to rise with the introduction of its large motor-vehicle assemblies, which started in the 1950s on mainland Spain. By the 1970s, this sector had become Spain’s second-most-important industry in the manufacturing sector, and, by the mid-1980s, it was THE most important producer of exports. This may seem quite alien to […]

Exchanging foreign licences

IN 2015, the DGT (Dirección General de Tráfico) set out the criteria that had to be met when a foreigner would be obligated to replace their foreign driving licence with a Spanish one. Over the last two years, there have been countless publications and “advice” given by all sorts of people as to why you […]

Car Data … is it worth anything?

WHEN we buy a new car, we are looking at the costs and the make of the model, etc. But one of the most valuable things about your new car will be something you’ll never even see. Forget the engine size, shining exterior or colour; the data the vehicle holds will be much more valuable. […]

Top Motors galore, for oldies and youngsters!

By Kirk Readings A TENERIFE motor convention, resembling the valet-parking of a family party worthy of the Sultan of Brunei, featured a list of dazzling cars, including Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and BMW. Last Friday and Saturday saw the first Top Motor Canarias show at Arona’s prestigious Magma Art and Congress convention centre, sponsored […]

A super feast for motor-sport fans

TOP Motor Canarias 2017, the first big motor show to take place here in the South, is planning to establish itself as a week-long event here. Magma Art & Congress meets all requirements for housing such a show, aimed at all motor-sport fans; not only in the Canaries, but also those visiting us from anywhere […]

Police checkpoints and random stops

ANY person who has driven on Spanish roads will no doubt have seen or passed through a Spanish Police Road-Block Checkpoint. These are normally carried out by the Guardia Civil, who are the Traffic Police, but here in the Tenerife the relatively new police department, the Policia Canaria, also carry out these checks. Sometimes these […]

Driving licences in Spain

FOR those of us living permanently in Spain, we know the importance of having the correct paperwork, and for it all to be in order. Why then do so many foreigners, not just those from the UK, forget, or feel the need to “hang on to” their driving licence from their country of origin? Many […]

Hidden cost of car-buying

THERE are often costs incurred, other than the agreed purchase price, when buying or selling a car, either privately, from a garage, or even a new model from a registered dealer. We have all seen the big billboards advertising brand-new cars stating “from 7,995 euros”, for example. This low price is to grab your interest […]

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