I wish everything was easy. Grab important stuff and go. Search for a new house and move in. But life is not a fairytale. One can quickly discover that reality is often quite different from what we presumed.
We considered a few ways of moving. We could fly and send baggage with a courier. My dog has never flown but he is generally ok with traveling. The other option was that only me and our son would fly, and Jurek with a dog would go by land, by train,
Buying a car
Denmark is an expensive country, so are the cars there. But not those intended for export. Those are free from Danish tax, what makes the price very attractive. We drove to a car dealer, viewed few cars and decided on pretty Honda-CRV year 2004. At this exact moment, we began a race with the time. It is not easy to harmonize all the things. We do not have control over some matters, and they come suddenly, like a bolt of lightning.
You go to the dealer, pick the car and wait a week or two. They make all the paperwork and technical examination as well. This is good. What is not good is that they don’t provide an exact date when your car will be ready to go. And this is a problem because the best way to drive to Poland is by a Gedser – Rostock ferry, but only if you book the cheapest tickets, which are on sale two weeks prior the departure. That leaves you with two options: to count on your luck or to buy a flexible ticket with permission to change the time of the trip. This is what Jurek had done. And naturally, the flight tickets are also in best prices when booked in advance. I would love to join Jurek on this journey but it would be too much for a kid. Besides, there wouldn’t be enough space for the luggage with all of us onboard. So we shared responsibilities: the mother took a child, the father took the dog.
Another issue in this race with time was the validity of the registration plates or registration stickers, to be precise. SKAT (Danish tax office, although “skat” means a treasure or darling as well) decides about their length and you get this piece of information when you go to pick the car. So, you sit tight at home, waiting for the message from the cars’ dealer. You get the call, the plates stickers are valid three days, so you better hurry to collect the car, fill it with your baggage and drive through the border.
I can call myself an expert now. First, I did not know a thing about it. Then a need appeared. I started to read,
As I mentioned above, in place of your registration plates you receive stickers with an expiration date. For us, that meant 4 days (included weekend). We’ve read that some countries don’t accept those stickers as valid registration plates. Someone described his story when the police stopped him, forbade to use a car and he lost a month before straightened this one out. So theoretically, it should be all right. There’s no other option to drive a car from Denmark Anyway, we preferred not to check our luck and as fast as possible to make some regular plates, which would allow us to move to Spain.
The fastest meant Germany. It is possible to make temporary, red plates there. They are valid 30 days. Ideal for us. I called in advance to know what we need. There was even no problem to talk in English. I left Denmark on Wednesday, our car was ready on Thursday, Jurek had tickets for a ferry on Friday. Perfect… would be if he received all the documentation! But no. In Engrosbiler they failed to issue !
Plan B – to register a car in Poland. Honda was in Poland on Friday, late evening. Then we had a weekend during which there’s not a lot you can manage. Then Monday came. We drove the car to the mechanic and that was it. The stickers’ validity was over so the car couldn’t be used on the roads anymore. I want to underline, that without original registration we could do nothing. Even translations should be from the original. Otherwise, it is written on them that they are made from a copy, and the
We spent a month in Poland. It was the time filled with waiting. We didn’t know what the
We considered a temporary registration for 30 days. We’ve read on the Internet that they can be made, among others, for the purpose of driving to a diagnostic inspection or export of the car. So we understood that the inspection is not necessary for receiving the plates and that you get valid document at the spot and don’t need to wait for a permanent vehicle registration certificate. I did not read anywhere, that the procedure is different depending on the case. After visiting the Department of transportation twice, we knew that we need to make an inspection before we get documents, moreover we will wait for the permanent certificate anyway. With this knowledge, we decided to register the car permanently so we won’t worry if 30 days are enough to get on with formalities in Spain. We also got to know that the translation of the registration certificate is not a must! It depends on the clerk’s goodwill…
What kind of documents did we need?
- filled in an application available in Department of transportation
- original registration certificate
- translation of the proof of purchase
- paid excise duty
- technical inspection
After a too long time, our original registration certificate had arrived. The salesperson from the office assured she had sent it on Thursday, but the date on the stamp indicated next Tuesday and we received it on Friday. We rushed to do a certified translation. It was Friday. On Sunday there was National Independence Day and our government has ordered a holiday on Monday. All it meant we would have to wait till Tuesday if we didn’t make it on Friday. We search the Internet in order to find a translator. We found
Excise duty application can be completed online on the website puesc.gov.pl. However, it cannot be paid online if you are not the owner of a
We have only lacked the car’s technical inspection. And the car was with our mechanic and not possible to drive. What we could do? We could go to the
The guy at a test center wasn’t very happy to assist us. He complained that we did not have a translation of registration and he cursed a lot. We told him, that at the Department of transportation they didn’t require a translation. He replied that this is because he is the first who has to somehow read it and put data in the system and they will have everything ready. For a moment we had doubts if we got the things done. But the guy grumbled a lot but did what supposed to be done. We paid 23 euros and satisfied left to the Department of transportation.
We had all the
This is not the end, though. At some point, we booked plane tickets for me and Tomek for 1. of December. It seemed such a distant date. Distant enough for Jurek to arrive in Spain before us and first flight at the good price. The registration plates were made on 19.11 on Monday and Jurek was ready to go until someone enlightened us, that we should give back a temporary registration in order to obtain a permanent one. It is possible to declare the document loss under criminal liability. The probability of discovering the truth was minimal, but not worth risking as well. So we decided to wait a bit more especially that the clerk in the Department of transportation put our case on a fast track and it should be done within a week. We hoped it would be ready on Friday. But it wasn’t. I called on Monday. Still nothing. Well, a week means 7 working days. I called Tuesday. Nothing. Wonder if they already recognized me. Had to be on Wednesday. And it finally was.
In light of the above, Jurek started the journey on Thursday before dawn. I and Tomek left Poland on Saturday. The time for the new chapter had begun.