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I am in the lengthy, tortuous and expensive process of importing my British registered 1993 SL500 into Spain where I am a resident.

The Spanish importation law changed on January 1st 2008 to encompass CO2 emissions. Because my car is not a new vehicle the import tax has been set for the dirtiest unrestricted engines that have to pay a 14.75% surcharge.
I mentioned that my car has two very efficient catalytic converters and is very green.

They say to reduce this surcharge I would have to produce an official certificate from Mercedes Benz that shows the emissions of R129 model for the year 1993.

Does anyone know where I could easily obtain one of these certificates ?

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In my country one can obtain this certificate from the company that takes care of MB imports (happens to own many of the dealers too).

But catalytic converters would not reduce CO2 and your 5 litre engine would very likely anyway exceed the 200 g limit.

The current SL500 figure is 284 g/km.
 

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Thanks Diesel, I hadn't realised it was that high. I'll have to bite on the bullet and stump up the €842 tax :(
 
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