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A couple of years after establishing our successful RV rental operation here in France, we saw an ever increasing number of English speaking visitors who wanted to embark on longer European trips than are cost effective in a hire vehicle.

After some research we came to understand that the existing options for ownership available to those who were not resident in Europe were very limited.  There are strict rules to discourage overseas residents from registering and insuring a vehicle in Europe which lead to most of the options on offer being of questionable legality.

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The Euro Camping Cars depot just south of Burgundy, France

Many of the outfits offering ownership solutions to foreigners were asking clients to make false residency claims or declarations that circumnavigated the rules in order to register and insure their vehicles. Some were even offering to hold the registration certificate in their company name so the buyer would not even have legal title to the vehicle.  Risky solutions and sharp practices were common and “Buy and Sell Back” offerings were designed to put buyers in a vulnerable position to exploit them.

Buying a motorhome in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language or understand the rules also adds to the risks and even if you have found an honourable company to buy from, they might not have a full grasp of the issues surrounding ownership for foreigners either and that may expose you to problems when you come to register, insure or sell a vehicle.

We heard from countless English speaking buyers who had run into ownership difficulties.  Some were unable to insure their vehicles or could only obtain cover via the seller’s scheme which was at an extortionate rate.  Others had paid for a vehicle and discovered too late that they could not register or use it and some had finished their trips only to find they did not have the documents that entitled them to sell them.  The industry was blighted by horror stories and it was clear to us that there simply were not any sound solutions on offer.

We were certain there must be a better way for English speaking foreigners to buy a motorhome here and set about finding one with the help of our trusted, bilingual chartered accountant and lawyer.

Our first objective was to create a solution whereby non-EU residents could legally own, register and insure a vehicle in France for use in Europe.  With the right mechanism, we felt sure we could provide an alternative to the exploitative practices that had so tainted the industry.

After a two year study and much consultation with our professional advisors, we arrived at a method of legal ownership for those who are not resident here in France.  It involves owning the vehicle within a small French company, the owners of which can be resident anywhere in the world.

Having overcome the legal challenges, our second objective was to provide a completely honest proposition for buyers and expose all the likely costs of ownership from running costs to depreciation.  We felt that it would be a popular service if we could simply sell vehicles without any costly surprises at purchase, during ownership or at disposal and that is exactly what we have achieved.

Needless to say, establishing a company and owning a motorhome is not without cost but the cost is quantifiable so clients purchasing from us or with our help have all the likely cost exposed and can make informed decisions about ownership.

We established this method of verified, legal ownership in 2014 and have since assisted many clients from outside the EU in owning, registering, insuring and ultimately selling motorhomes and campervans.  You can read more about our solution here: Our Solution Explained

We are very proud to share our passion, solution and expertise in European RV travel and greatly enjoy living somewhat vicariously as our clients share their tales of living the dream and enjoying their European motorhome adventures.

Phill and Hannah Spurge

Directors

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