We are moving from Costa Rica to Colombia next month. From what I have read I am not allowed to import my 2003 Galloper so will be buying another vehicle there. What is the procedure and cost (tax, lawyer, registration, etc.) of buying and registering a small SUV in the $5-6000 range? Thanks for any useful info.
You don"t need a lawyer. I suggest checking for used vehicles at the larger new car concesionarios.
If you are buying a used vehicle it is critical that you have a peritaje done on it. This is a thorough examination of the vehicle from mechanical to body work done at special centers equipped to carry it out. You will get a print out showing any and all faults the car may have. Saved me several times. You have to pay for it but saves you from buying something that requires a lot of repairs.
If the SUV has a 2L motor the obligatory insurance, SOAT will be about $450.000. Registration will be about $450.000. I believe the vehicle tax will have been paid by the owner but other costs may (probably will) pop up.
If you want an SUV with 4x4 look at the Renault Duster Dynamique 4x4.. They have been sold in Colombia since 2010 so there are scads of them around and all assembled here in Colombia. It's not an AWD but a true 4WD.
I am in the mar?et myself. At the moment I'm trying to decide between the Mazda CX 5 with all wheel drive and the Nissan X Trail with four wheel drive. They're both almost the same price within a million pesos. The Mazda has quite a bit more hp but the Nissan is more spacious and has a locked 4wd setting. I have been on muddy roads in the past that I'm not sure Mazda's awd would get through. Decisions decisions...
I drive a city car....but the few times I've been on dirt roads, there seemed to be lots of rocks for traction under the mud.. Ground clearance looked like at least an equal consideration to the type of AWD,
I love my Suburu Forrester. It is the perfect vehicle for the cafetero. and touring Colombia in general. However I am really posting to remind you of the driver's license regulations here. Expats living in Colombia are required to get a Colombian driver's licence in order to drive legally. You can only use your original driver's license on a tourist visa.
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Expats living in Medellin, Colombia report that there are safe places to live - and that the nightlife is fun, too. Read about how to live in Medellin - a city that has become quite a popular destina...