Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Sahara Travel Forum

Sahara Travel Forum Topics specific to North Africa and the Sahara down to the 17th parallel (excludes Morocco)
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Desert Travels - Motorcycle Journeys in the Sahara and West Africa!

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 13 Dec 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NYC, USA
Posts: 7
Car in Someone Else's Name and Driving From Spain to Ghana

Hi everyone!

Priffe had a great idea in response to my last post, and I am wondering if you guys think that this would be ok:

The NGO that I run is getting a car in Madrid. Due to Spanish law, we can't get the car on our name, so the car will stay in the current owner's name, but we will have export plates and a letter from the owner donating the car to my NGO and also a copy of her passport.

Does anybody have any idea if the various authorities along the way will stop us because the title of the car is not in the name of anyone in the car?

Thanks a million for the idea Priffe!

- Jeffrey

PS, If the general feel is that yes, the above will be ok, then I'll be doing another post to see if anyone wants to assemble at Motel Barbas on Jan 3/4 to cross Mauri.
Reply With Quote
Old 13 Dec 2009
Tim Cullis's Avatar
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Putney, SW London
Posts: 1,379
This is quite a common situation, especially when tour companies are transporting participants' motorcycles.

Ignore the donations aspect which is difficult to explain/prove, the simplest way is to get a letter from the registered keeper authorising you to drive the vehicle to Ghana. The more official this looks the better, multiple languages would be good.

You will also need the original of the carte grise (vehicle registration papers).
"For sheer delight there is nothing like altitude; it gives one the thrill of adventure
and enlarges the world in which you live,"
Irving Mather (1892-1966)

Access the Morocco Knowledgebase
Reply With Quote
Old 14 Dec 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Monaco
Posts: 329
Here is a sample letter in 3 languages:


Try to get any kind of "official-looking" stamp on it.
Gentleman Adventurer
Reply With Quote
Old 14 Dec 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Budapest
Posts: 19
Keep it simple.

We did this several times, once with an old Lada, twice and with an articulated bus (really).

The most important thing is that the customs officer or whoever asks for the car document en route can connect your name/passport to the name on the car papers.

As #2 and #3 said, write a simple authorization preferably in French (we had it in Hungarian just for fun) and highlight the owner and the driver with bold so as they can see the connection: he authorizes you to drive his car without limitation, etc.

That's it. If you put some random stamps on top it looks even more formal and they'll love it
Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Spain --> Ghana Advice (Senegal in particular) UptownNow sub-Saharan Africa 3 11 Oct 2009 17:41
From Ghana to Spain xjohnparkx sub-Saharan Africa 16 23 Nov 2008 15:41
Ghana to Spain by any means johntott sub-Saharan Africa 2 22 Nov 2008 18:42
Buying in London and driving to Itay, Spain ad Denmark cenn8310 Travellers Seeking Travellers 2 19 Dec 2007 07:44
How long to get from spain to ghana? accidental Sahara Travel Forum 1 14 Oct 2005 15:30


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 18:09.