While it is possible for you to sell your car after driving to Costa Rica, possibly even make some profit, it is certainly not without its difficulties.
The average customs tax on cars in C.R. is close to 55% of what an American would consider to be the value.
For example, if the car you drive here is worth $10,000 in the U.S.A., expect the customs tax to be at least $5,500.00. Also, Costa Rica has their own government blue book?
That is not at all similar to the Kelley’s in the U.S.A.
If you have leather seats, air conditioning, automatic transmission, anything that Costa Rica considers a luxury the cost is even more.
Also, the inspection process has become tedious: tires cannot be wider by even an inch then the side of the car, a chip in the windshield has to be fixed, and the exhaust is carefully analyzed.
This being said, it is entirely possible to sell the car without ever paying any of these taxes or going through this inspection process at all.
We have in place a network which can advertise and sell your car, given it is of a style that is even somewhat acceptable here (please contact us for advice on what kind of cars we suggest).
We do advise that you give us as much time as possible to begin the process by doing the following well before your arrival so as to expedite the sale as much as possible:
- sending us photos or the vehicle
- your approximate selling price
- the year
- the motor size
- transmission type
- the date you expect to have the car in Costa Rica
- and the mileage on the vehicle
- copy of the title
It is also possible for you to leave the car in one of our representative?s possession when you return to the states for us to sell for you should you not wish to wait for the sale to take place.
Driving your vehicle to Costa Rica does have distinct advantages over shipping it.
Any car that that is brought in by a tourist by driving, is given a 90 day grace period (similar to that of your personal passport) to leave the country or become registered in Costa Rica.
Should you choose to ship your vehicle, something we can help with as well, you can expect to pay customs tax immediately upon arrival or risk the government putting the vehicle into storage and charging a daily charge against the value of the vehicle.
Once the daily charge exceeds the value of the vehicle, the government auctions the car at a ridiculously low price and you are just out.
The cost for driving your vehicle across the border into Costa Rica is very inexpensive.
You are required to purchase liability insurance from the government, at a cost of about $35 dollars for your 90 day stay.
There is the traditional, ?oh no, it has a bug on the grill? spraying charge of a few dollars, but the rest of the procedure is relatively painless.
Should you wish to keep your vehicle in Costa Rica after the 90 days, we strongly advise that you hire a company like ours to assist you in the import duty process as a personal representation with customs can save you a lot of money.