Just come back from a short break in sunny Spain, and I can see how the Philippines has inherited corrupt practices from it's former colonial master Spain. As I found out, selling a car in Spain is vastly complicated. Of course, not being able to speak Spanish, we had to get a solicitor to do everything for us. First, you fill in some forms, get a solicitor to check them over, and then wait at least 2-3 weeks. Why wait that long? The documentation has to be presented in person at the office in Alicante (called Traffico), and our solicitor told us, and I quote, 'its 44km away, so we wait until they have at least 2 or 3 they can process at once'. So we may have to wait longer than 3 weeks, depending whether the solicitor in can be bothered to make that 44km journey, and the buyer has to wait, and pay the 335Euros fee. While I was over there, I read many horror stories of Brit expats getting ripped off - example, a British guy had his Spanish registered Range Rover impounded by the Policia, but when he went to pay the fine and pick up the vehicle, he was told they don't know where it is. They lost it they claimed?! A few days later, he saw his Range Rover being used as a patrol car by the local police. He took some pictures of the the newly decorated Range Rover and complained to the Mayor, who promptly told him, tough, you ain't getting it back. Another story doing the rounds in the local papers over there is of a Brit couple who had bought a villa 10 years ago, and paid the purchase price outright. Then earlier this year, they were given 30 days to get out. Turned out the builder had mortgaged the villa totally unknown to the couple, and when the builder failed to keep up with the payments, the bank came knocking. They were kicked out 2 weeks ago, no one in the local government would help them, no one in the courts could do a thing, as the builder had simply gone bankrupt and was carrying on as a new business. This has happened a few times it seems, each time, the unsuspecting owners been given marching orders. In Murcia, another retired couple had half their garden taken away from them for a new urbanisation to be built, and the builders are apparently allowed to charge the couple 44K for the privilege. It's being contested in the courts, but still, it seems expats are easy game for corrupt Spanish officials.