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Smudgie1
5/28/2019 13:24 EST

I thinkI read somewhere that you can import an electric car without paying any duty fees. Is that correct? I am trying to decide ifI should convert my gas car to electric here and ship there or buy a gas car there'd convert it. Any suggestions?

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Blueridgeboy1
5/28/2019 15:51 EST

Electricity is very expensive in CR. Have you done the cost projections?

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ppbritton
5/28/2019 16:04 EST

you are entering the twilight zone concerning cars, motorcycles etc. Firstly, tools are outrageously expensive - second consider this - most mechanics and patrs stores in costa rica don't know what "feeler gauges" are - if you do find a set in a parts store, they'll cost you around $20 to $25 for a set of them - most Ticos can't afford to change their oil!!!

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Kohl
5/28/2019 17:09 EST

Another thing to take into consideration, is 'is there a facility near me' when needed to recharge regularly or on your travels.

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ILuvCR
5/28/2019 23:11 EST

Wow!

"most Ticos can't afford to change their oil!!!"

Such a ridiculous comment!

ppb you may not be able to find feeler gauges but I assure you that they exist here in C.R.

Many Ticos are great mechanics and are very inexpensive as compared to those in North America.

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ppbritton
5/29/2019 04:19 EST

once again, remember what Lincoln said - you can fool all of the people some 0f the time, and some of the people people all the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time!!

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ILuvCR
5/29/2019 08:46 EST

dude or maybe dudette?, who are you trying to fool?

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Smudgie1
5/29/2019 16:10 EST

First, most scholars day attribute that quote not to Lincoln, but to Frenchman Jacques Abbadie in 1884.

Second, what does that have to do with electric cars?

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Smudgie1
5/29/2019 16:12 EST

I have a set of feeler gauges that I use to for gapping points in a distributor. I won't need them for an electric engine.

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Smudgie1
5/29/2019 16:16 EST

That is a consideration. The batteries I'm considering would give me a range of 100 miles. Not enough for exploring, but plenty for driving locally. Walmart is adding charging stations, so maybe they'll have one inLiberia soon.

For long distance needs, we'll just rent a car for the day.

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Smudgie1
5/29/2019 16:20 EST

I'm not sure how.

It takes about 5 hours to recharge on a 110 system. 3 hours if you have 220.

There are five charging stations near Tamarindo.

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Smudgie1
5/29/2019 16:23 EST

My limited experience says that there are really good mechanics in CR. I stopped in to visit a couple the last time I was there.

I was looking for someone who had experience doing gas/electric conversion.

There's a company in the US that offers a "complete" conversion kit and they say the hardest part is pulling the old gasoline engine.

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ILuvCR
5/29/2019 18:12 EST

I don't know much about electric but I've saved a TON of money over seven years driving my Nissan Pathfinder which has been converted to also run on LP Gas.

LP is about 50% of the cost of regular gasoline and I run on it about 90% of the time.

Saved big bucks discovering our little slice of paradise!

Limited availability, maybe on 15-20% of stations sell it but I've never really had a problem.

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Kohl
5/30/2019 08:15 EST

I would suggest you try to find out whether your conversion will be acceptable to be imported with out paying duty, as I would 'expect' that this would be intended for new vehicles.

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scalnew
6/2/2019 21:35 EST

Your electric car will be a target for the many car thieves. I suggest buying a car locally with gas engine unless you plan to never leave tamarindo because one trip somewhere where you get stuck on the road for hours due to someone getting into an accident up ahead and you'll be kicking yourself and pushing your car. It'll take a couple more years for that technology to take off,,,if it takes off. It requires infrastructure that only "developed" countries can afford right now. Costa Rica's infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired even for the conventional means. It will be an economically winning decision. I know first hand. I drove my Buick from Cleveland and boy did I get burned. Not the drive...that was great! But Customs and mechanics took me to the cleaners. Some parts I had to order myself on Ebay. I thought that it being an automatic would mean easy to sell but nobody wants automatics. It's because they can't be push-started if they break down. There are excellent cars here (CR) for sale and the mechanics won't see you coming a mile away.

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