In a nutshell this is the situation. Chap lived in France with his wife and bought a new car. Many years later, she died, so he moved back to the UK and took car with him. He left it on French plates - and put it in the garage and bought a new one (oddly same model but newer and same colour). A couple of years later, decides he’s never going back to France and I buy it - for a friend who lives in France. I get it MOTed in UK (on chassis number as the system doesn’t cope with non UK plates) as CT had run out by over a year to be sure, and it’s insured by my friend. I run it around for a week or two in the UK to make sure its’ ok and then drive it to France, when immediately, nothing happened. It sat on the drive for almost a year, and recently went in for a CT so that it could get the Carte Grise changed. I won’t go into the reasons for the delay - but it wasn’t a high priority thing as my friend already has 2 cars.
So - the issues are:
1: clearly the car has been in Fr for longer than it should (bit is now CTed and ready to rock)
2: The Carte Grise is in a long since gone away address
3: errm… that’s it I think.
So does anyone have any advice as to how to slip through the wonderful French bureaucracy with the minimal of issues to get a Carte Grise in my friend’s name, even if it be that to fill in the gaps, I as a UK resident owned the car during the missing period?