sjs wrote:...Do a search on the forums (and see the articles section in the menu) on this...
Hello, I'm new to these forums. I apologize if I have overlooked what I am seeking here. (I've already spent a couple of hours browsing.) Is the articles section you mention the one here in the forums? It doesn't seem to contain anything and when I click to view it, I am informed that "You are not authorised to read this forum."
Also, I found this link, http://www.greeceishome.com/kb/kb.asp?fIndex=27
, in a post dated July 2, 2005, but it obviously points to a previous incarnation of this site.
As long as I'm posting, I'll tell you why I'm here. My parents were Greek immigrants to the U.S.; they moved back (to Kefallonia, where my father was born and raised) four years ago. Back in the fall of 1985, when the U.S. dollar was very high against other currencies (sigh), he went to Germany and bought a new '85 Audi 80 (he got a good deal because the '86 models were on sale by that time) and drove it to Greece, where he registered it and left it. He took advantage of some sort of break on tax or duty that at the time the Greek government offered to expat Greeks. (He didn't have to repatriate.)
The car is now 23 years old and has been in two accidents, and my sister and I would like him to drive something newer (i.e., safer). Since the U.S. dollar is now very low, my sister came up with the idea of buying a car in the U.S. in order to save some money. (Also, I feel comfortable buying a used car here but I don't feel comfortable having our Dad by a used car in Greece.) She's mentioned the possibility of buying and registering the car in her name, possibly thinking she can do what our Dad did 22½ years ago. (She acquired her Greek citizenship a few years ago.) I have found no mention of the exemption our father took advantage of on the Web, though, so I doubt it's still available.
I don't expect anyone to offer me advice on our specific situation; I just posted it for your amusement. From what I've already read, in several places on the Web, our father should just bite the bullet financially and buy a car in Greece. I would appreciate being told where I can find the articles sjs mentioned, though. Thanks in advance.