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?
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!!!
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.
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.