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Buying a car in Colombia

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extexan
7/18/2019 13:14 EST

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.

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EpaEpaEpa
7/18/2019 18:27 EST

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.

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WhoaNellie
7/18/2019 18:52 EST

Good luck with your price requirement of $5-6K USD, that's under $20M pesos...

A 2015 Renault Duster Dynamique 4x4 will go for about $38M pesos, and newer ones from about $50M pesos and on up.

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EpaEpaEpa
7/18/2019 20:39 EST

You can probably find a Lada Niva for that price.

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EpaEpaEpa
7/19/2019 20:31 EST

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...

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WhoaNellie
7/19/2019 21:17 EST

Buy the one with the best cup holders

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EpaEpaEpa
7/19/2019 21:23 EST

I never use them so not really a good criteria for me.

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BlueSeas
7/19/2019 21:32 EST

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,

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Quindita
7/22/2019 00:38 EST

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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elpdiver
7/25/2019 13:00 EST

A question that will highly vary from person to person. I just rented a seven seat Ford SUV for a trip from Medellin to the Termalies de San Viciente.


It has 157,000 kilometers on it. Some observations...The A/C is pretty pathetic; I don't know why and it is not really a huge thing; but, I do like me some ice cold air conditioning.


Automatic transmission is mostly a waste of time in Colombia as you will be shifting the auto through all gears manually anyway.


Ground clearance and horse power to weight ratio would be some of my first considerations. I would most likely want four wheel drive.


I wonder if the gearing rations could also be changed; high mileage ratios and cruise control would be a pure waste of money.

The 145 mile trip took eight hours for an average of under 20 mph. Maximum speed attained was a little over 90 KPH on a short down hill run..

LPd

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ParadiseLost
7/25/2019 14:54 EST

‘Automatic transmission is mostly a waste of time in Colombia as you will be shifting the auto through all gears manually anyway.’

Really, never had any issues with the autoboxes here in Colombia. If there is an issue a lot of auto transmissions these days have a good manual mode, without needing a clutch.

For me manual boxes, in particular if you don’t have a lot of horsepower, with steep hill starts is far more of an issue.

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Wildstubby
7/25/2019 18:26 EST

I always thought I could be a millionaire by selling clutches and brake pads in Medellin!

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SkyMan
7/28/2019 16:50 EST

Wild...you could be, if you specialized in Poblado...for sure.! Buena Suerte !

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