Expat Car Leasing and Rental in Spain

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A Destination Service Created For Expats Moving to and Living in Spain

With the foreign professional in mind, you do not need a Spain credit history to be approved. We have included auto insurance and roadside assistance in the lease payments. You will work with your own Personal Car Shopper, who will assist you with all your questions, provide quotes and ensure a hassle-free delivery of your new car.

Flexible Expat Lease Terms

12 to 60 months lease agreements. Generally speaking, the longer the lease term, the lower the monthly payments.

No Down Payment

Customers are only responsible for the monthly payments

Expat Auto Insurance

Insurance included

Maintenance / Road Side Assistance

Maintenance / service / repairs. Tires in case of wear. Road side assistance in Spain

We can assist you in all of Spain

All major cities and all smaller cities, we’ll be there for you: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia(–Sagunto), Seville, Bilbao, Málaga, Oviedo–Gijón–Avilés, Alicante–Elche(–Elda), Las Palmas, Zaragoza, Murcia–Orihuela, Santa Cruz de Tenerife–La Laguna, Granada, Palma, Vigo, Cartagena, Cádiz, San Sebastián, A Coruña–Oleiros–Arteixo, Valladolid, Tarragona(–Reus), Córdoba, Pamplona, Castellón de la Plana, Santander–Torrelavega, Alzira–Xàtiva, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Algeciras–La Línea and the list goes on…

Contact us for more information and our current lease offers

We often get great deals available on first come first serve basis. Fill out the contact form below and receive a link to our current offers. We will guide you through the options and the process of getting your new car.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a Spanish driver's license needed to start a lease?

    No, it is not a requirement to start a lease. However, if the expatriate holds a non-European driver’s license, they must obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP), and this can be used for 12 months. After 12 months a Spanish driver's license must be obtained. If the expatriate holds a driver’s license from another European country, this can be used for the duration of the lease.

  • What is included in the lease?

    Maintenance, insurance, taxes and delivery are included in the lease.

  • Is insurance included in the lease payments?

    Yes, full insurance with zero deductible is included.

  • Do you offer used vehicles for lease?

    No, we currently only offer new vehicles for lease, between 36-60 months.

  • What is Personal Car Shopper Service?

    It’s a free service. Our program will provide a skilled and knowledgeable contact person who understands the car market in Spain.

  • What is the estimated delivery time for a lease car?

    Once a vehicle has been chosen and all required documents have been submitted, a new vehicle in-stock takes approximately 4-5 weeks, while a new car order takes 3-4 months for delivery.

  • Can someone lease a car under the age of 25?

    Yes, the minimum age for leasing a car in Spain is 18 years old. It’s worth noting that once the lease contract ends the lessee cannot be 75 years or older.

  • Can a vehicle be leased in the name of a company?

    Yes, we offer company lease of brand-new cars in Spain.

  • What happens if the contracted mileage is exceeded?

    There is an excess to pay at the end of the lease, charged per extra kilometer driven over the contracted mileage. This rate varies depending on the type of vehicle and length of the lease agreement. If it’s known that the mileage will be exceeded, options can be discussed to help avoid excess charges by re-writing the contract.

  • What happens if the lease car needs to be returned earlier?

    If the vehicle is returned earlier, 30% of the remaining months left on the lease must be paid for an individual lease, and 50% for business or company lease.

  • Who can drive the lease car?

    Anyone with a valid driver’s license to drive a vehicle in Spain, can drive the lease car. The insurance includes unlimited drivers.

  • Can the lease car be driven outside of Spain?

    Yes, the insurance coverage allows for the vehicle to be driven internationally.

Practical Information on Driving in Spain

Speed Limits

Autopista (motorways): 120 km/h on Autopista (motorways)
Autovia (dual carriageways): 120 km/h
Single carriageway roads: 90 km/h

Alcohol & Driving

Don’t do it! Spain has strict drink driving laws, only allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood – stricter than the UK where the limit is 0.8. New drivers are effectively forbidden to drink and drive, with an exceptionally low 0.1 mg/l limit.

Kids in Cars

Children under the age of 12, or older children which stand less than 5 feet in height, are legally required to sit in the back seat while you are driving in Spain. Booster seats and child seats are mandatory for children riding in the back up to age 12, granted height and weight restrictions do apply.


• Proof of insurance
• Passport as proof of ID
• Your V5C certificate
• Warning triangle
• GB sticker or Europlates

Minimum Age

The minimum age to obtain a driving license 18 years of age.

Auto Insurance

You need to insure all vehicles in Spain to at least third-party liability level. Anyone caught driving without insurance by Spanish police can be fined up to €3,000.

Phone & Driving

Using a mobile phone while driving in Spain is currently punishable with three points docked off drivers’ licenses and a €200 fine.

Seat Belts

All occupants of a vehicle are required to wear seat belts at all times, and the driver must accept responsibility for any traffic fines incurred by passengers choosing to ignore seat belt regulations.

Driver’s license

Spain requires foreign drivers who have a license in English to obtain an IDP prior to arriving in Spain. This driving permit is a requirement to drive in Spain, and without the permit, you could face punishment if stopped by law enforcement officials while driving. American drivers must have both their domestic license and IDP in their possession while driving.

An international drivers permit in Spain is a translated version of your original license. It is available only to those who are currently licensed in their home country. The license makes it easy for law enforcement (and others like staff at the rental car desk) to learn your name, address and other information without language barriers standing in the way. Auto Europe has all your travel concerns on renting a car in Spain covered.

How to Exchange your foreign driver’s license

If you’re a national from a European Economic Area (EEA) country (EU plus Iceland, Norway, and Lichtenstein) you are free to drive in Spain using your existing driver’s license for the first two years of residence in Spain, although you must register your details with the traffic authorities after six months.

You must adhere to the same conditions as Spanish license holders:
• Undertake relevant medical checks.
• Have reached the minimum age in Spain for the category of vehicle you wish to drive e.g. car drivers must be at least 18 years old.
• Renew or exchange the license after the first two years’ residence in Spain. If an EU license is renewed in Spain it effectively converts it into a Spanish EU license, which then needs to be renewed every 10 years up to the age of 65, and every five years after 65. Read more about the conditions for driving licenses for EU/EEA citizens in Spain.

If you don’t obtain a Spanish driver’s license after two years of residence in Spain and are caught driving, you can face a fine of around €200.

Additionally, you must register with the traffic authorities within six months of moving to Spain. You can do this at your Central Register of Drivers and Minor Offenders.

Once you have registered you will need to take a medical examination. This is to demonstrate that you have the proper mental and physical fitness to drive, in the same way as Spanish drivers.

If you wish you can voluntarily exchange your license for a Spanish equivalent at any time. You will need to inform the relevant authority in your home country. Similar to registering, this is done at the Provincial Traffic Headquarters. The local authorities will request the following documents:
• Application form
• Valid passport or national identity card
• Proof of residence (Certificate of Registration in the Central Aliens Register i.e. your NIE number or Número de Identificación de Extranjer)
• Valid driving license to be exchanged (original and photocopy)
• Two recent photographs (32x25mm)
• Declaration in writing that you have not been banned or suspended from driving
• Declaration in writing that you do not hold another driver’s license of the same class in another country

Reciprocity Agreements

Spain has agreements with more than 20 countries, which allow drivers to directly exchange a foreign driver’s licenses for the equivalent Spanish license. These agreements change, so always check with your home country’s consulate in Spain or the Spanish traffic authority. Certain categories of people, such as diplomats and international staff, can also exchange their license regardless of their nationality.

Please see more details on the website of Direccion General de Trafico.

Note: Information may not be up-to-date. Please check official government information for latest laws and regulations.

We finance many makes and models nationwide

We offer the following car brands Spain

Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, MG, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Rolls-Royce, SEAT, Skoda, Smart, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo

Learn to navigate the Spanish language of leasing

Below you’ll find a translation of common lease terms from English to Spanish. To learn more about the meaning of these terms, simply follow the link to our Glossary for Expat Car Leasing.

Glossary for Expat Car Leasing | ExpatRide

Common lease terms - English to Spanish

Down payment – Pago inicial

Depreciation – Depreciación

Early Termination – Terminación anticipada

Excess mileage charge – Cargo por exceso de kilometraje

Excess Wear and Tear – Exceso de desgaste y rotura

First Month’s Payment – Pago del primer mes

Insurance – Seguro

Lease term – Plazo del arrendamiento

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – Precio de venta sugerido por el fabricante

Maintenance package – Paquete de mantenimiento

Monthly payment – Mensualidad

Option to Purchase – Opción de compra

Residual value – Valor residual

"So responsive and a pleasure to deal with"

– Neil from Britain, BMW X1

”The service we received was amazing! Out of everything we've had to do with our move overseas, getting our new car was the easiest and most stress-free."

- Jochen from Germany, VW Tiguan

We are ready to assist!

    • Start process before or after arrival to Spain
    • Competitive interest rates
    • Choose from many makes and models
    • Online and phone service saves time and hassle with visiting dealers
    • Intercultural assistance throughout the term in regards to registration, renewals etc.