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PombinhaCoco7
8/11/2019 10:48 EST

Today we are going to meet a guy who has a Used car dealership.
We have good references about him.
In case we find something we like it's my understanding that we still will need a lawyer, correct?
If it was from a private owner we were planning to ask a mechanic to check it.
Is it offensive to take a mechanic to a car dealership when they claim that every car is checked by their own mechanics?
We already found one that we like but it is in Uruca.
Probably the sucursal where we saw it would bring it to Coco.
The problem is the bank requirements to transfer the money.
They want a document with the price of the car and then 3 more "documents" from Canada:
A copy of our bank statement.
A copy proving where the money came from.
A letter from the Canadian bank about my daughter.
They already got a letter from the Canadian bank about my daughter last August. I hate putting her in the middle of this stuff.
She is in our bank account and she is the one sending the money.
I would prefer to have the money first and then look for a car and be able to pay it right away. I don't think that the seller will be willing to wait for several days until the money gets here.
By the way: do we give the money to the lawyer or to the seller?
I know Today is "Domingo" (Sunday) and usually people are not as active in this forum as on weekdays.
Thanks to all.

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ILuvCR
8/11/2019 11:40 EST

a) a lawyer must transfer the title and registration, yours or theirs.

b) either "take a mechanic to a car dealership " or drive the car to an independent mechanic

c)have the money first and then look , best!

d) yes, "the seller will be willing to wait for several days until the money gets here." it's typical

e) give the money to the seller but only after or while the lawyer is there doing the paper work, in the lawyers office is typical.

f) obviously "cavaet emptor"

g) make sure that you buy a car that the local mechanics can work on and that has parts readily available here for repairs,

Buena suerte!

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lindyluvsCR
8/11/2019 12:39 EST

Pombina - I cannot speak for him, but my husband/ex was a transmission builder his whole life and could do everything else. He was always sought after because he could tell if something wrong and what usually by the tiniest noises.

He has aches and pains because he worked himself to death and did not know when to stop. His place is in front of the farmers market in Coco on Sundays. Name is Lewie. Do not know whether willing to help or not.

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lindyluvsCR
8/11/2019 12:44 EST

I would not worry if it is offensive. What percentage of used car salesmen or mechanics are honest? Very small. Like the expression goes "Believe nothing that you hear, and half of what you see."

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PombinhaCoco7
8/11/2019 12:45 EST

Thanks LindyLuvsCR
I also emailed the Uruca branch about one of their cars.
I want to know if they could send it to their branch in Liberia.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/11/2019 13:13 EST

lindyLuvsCR
I know there is a German guy living here who used to be a mechanic and usually people hire him to check the cars they are buying.

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lindyluvsCR
8/11/2019 17:20 EST

Glad you have someone to help.

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princzz
8/13/2019 14:01 EST

Go to a dealership to buy a car! Better car, small warranty, and no hassle. The dealership has a lawyer there.

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ppbritton
8/13/2019 16:59 EST

in the 15 years that I lived in costa rica, I red La Nacion EVERY day - constant complaints from ticos writing letters to the editor about new car dealers stonewalling them for warrqnty repairs on cars, or jusrt stonewalling them on parts for cars - lots of times not being able to use their cars for months..................

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princzz
8/14/2019 06:06 EST

Every day? Not!!

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travel4me
8/14/2019 08:17 EST

Aren't there services which will locate a car for you check it out and negotiate a decent price for a fee? I would consider that as they would be better at negotiating a good Tico price.

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shermanwc
8/14/2019 10:17 EST

We used the car buying service WheelsCR.com in San Jose. We gave them the details of the type of car we wanted, they researched cars available at certain auto dealers in San Jose they work with, and they drove us around to see the cars in one day. We chose the car we preferred and they assisted with the purchase and contacted an attorney to close the deal. It was very helpful.

I don't know that they "negotiated the price" while we were there, but they may have done so during their research, and the dealers knew that we would be looking at other similar cars.

They allow the option to have a mechanic look a the car - we did not do that but wish we had, as there was a problem with the emergency brake that we had to get fixed.

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Kohl
8/14/2019 10:24 EST

It is dependent on where you are living, what and who are available to you.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/14/2019 12:36 EST

Thank you everyone.
I heard that Andy from Ehlers cars also does that and brings the car to you.
The local gentleman is still trying to find a car for us but my daughter and I have found some that we like. The problem is that they are in San Jose and not only that. Banco Nacional wants for us to go there and show the price of the car in order to transfer funds from Canada.
That alone makes it harder to buy the car outside of Coco.
We could ask our children to bring cash since they both are coming here soon. No, we wouldn't tell them to bring $ 9.999.99 each.
I remember when my husband had to go to the big XRay machine because he has 10 cents in his pocket. That alone would put us in trouble if we had the other big amount as well.
What I don't know is if then we also have to prove where that money came from. Actually we can prove it but then they may ask again (like they did last year) for a letter from the Canadian bank about my children.
My daughter wasn't too happy when they demanded that letter from CIBC about her character as a client.
Even though she has access to our bank account it is our money and we proved to them that we had sold some shares (we gave them a copy of the document) They also could see that money entering our bank account in Canada, the document from the bank about that transfer and then here in their own bank statements they could see the money going to the escrow company.
It wasn't enough.
We just want to have the money in our hands and go to Liberia and ask them if they can bring the car we want from their main car dealership in San Jose.
Well, now that my husband has been stung by a stingray and his foot is still swollen he can't drive any cars for now.

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Drneuro100
8/14/2019 19:59 EST

Just curious but how much cash can you bring in personally to CR ? I assume up to $ 9,999? We usually come with around $ 2,000-3,000 between my wife and I as we travel to other places besides our condo in San Jose....

Hope that is not a problem for us....

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PombinhaCoco7
8/14/2019 20:04 EST

Yes, less than 10.000.000.
However I thin that bringing 9.999.99 is too risky because sometimes there is change in your pocket, wallet or purse that you don't remember or don't even know about it.
In my last comment I forgot to mention
that we also needed a letter from a local lawyer declaring that my daughter was our daughter.
Since he had just put her in our corporation he was able to give that letter.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/14/2019 20:36 EST

Oops.
There is an extra zero above.
I meant 10.000.00.

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princzz
8/15/2019 06:54 EST

Limit is 10000 per person. So each can bring 10k or if you want to just bring 10k total and be safe 5k you and 5k your wife.

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princzz
8/15/2019 07:02 EST

That makes no sense and doesn't sound right. All you need to buy a car is an ID and the money, especially if the used car dealership is reputable. Stop, and go to Purdy Usados and look through their used cars. They have many for around 10000. I know as I bought an paid off my Mercedes there after 2 years of payments. All that other documents are NOT needed.

https://www.purdyusados.com/buscar?parametro%5Bbrand%5D=¶metro%5Bcategory%5D=¶metro%5Bfamily%5D=¶metro%5Btransmition%5D=¶metro%5Bprice_min%5D=¶metro%5Bprice_max%5D=¶metro%5Byear_min%5D=¶metro%5Byear_max%5D=¶metro%5Bfee_min%5D=¶metro%5Bfee_max%5D=¶metro%5Bcard%5D=

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PombinhaCoco7
8/15/2019 07:11 EST

I wouldn't ever risk that, asking my children to bring the limit because whatever money they have of their own also counts.
What I would like to know is if we buy a car and pay cash if someone (government, bank...) will come after us asking to prove where the money came from.
Like I said, we can prove it but I would prefer if they would leave my children out of it.
I thought I was going to have my car by Mother's Day.
By the way: to the ladies here in this Forum, Happy Mother's Day.
In my case, I get Mother's Day wishes 3 times a year (Portugal, Canada and Costa Rica).
If my Birthday was like this (3 times a year) it would be really bad. LOL.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/15/2019 07:49 EST

Actually the maximum is not 10.000.00.
It's 9.999.99.
If you bring 10.000.00 you need to declare it at the airport.
As for Purdy Motors I have checked their website but the car I like is in a different website.
Thanks for the links anyway.

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Kohl
8/15/2019 08:09 EST

Have you looked/checked at Purdy Motors in Liberia?

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shermanwc
8/15/2019 08:35 EST

The copy of a customs form that I have does not state that the $10,000 is "per person" and I read online that it applies to the total brought by family members. I'm not sure if you could use separate customs forms to get around that?

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Kohl
8/15/2019 08:51 EST

Yes, the $10,000 is per 'family'

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princzz
8/15/2019 23:26 EST

No!!!! That's ridiculous!! You pay for a service, product or vehicle, no one asks where the money comes from. Especially a wire transfer bank to bank. Something is fishy in your statement.

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peter2017
8/16/2019 08:35 EST

princzz,

Are you a gringo?
Is your spouse a Tico or a Tica?

When did you open your bank account?

A lot of has changed after 2016 (you can lookup the exact date), after CR signed OECD agreements to implement CSR.

Now, every dollar coming to your new bank account in CR HAS to have documentation of where it came from.

CR banking industry wants to be the "model" for the rest of the world of how to get rid of drug money laundering.

Problem is that all honest gringos are caught in the crossfire.

Where in CR do you bank?

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PombinhaCoco7
8/16/2019 08:58 EST

Princzz
There is nothing fishy in my statement.
It's the way the law is now.
It's like Peter2017 says. We need to prove where the money came from.
The bank told my husband last year not to transfer more than 1.500.00/monthly.
Apparently they changed that to 2.000.00.
I just don't understand why checking all the documents about the money is not enough.
Why I needed a letter from a local lawyer proving that our daughter is our daughter and another letter from the bank in Canada about her character as a client.
They got those letters last August.
Now they want another one.

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lindyluvsCR
8/16/2019 10:21 EST

Pombina - In 2016, we wired larger amounts than $2000. Yes, we gave documentation where coming from. But only $25 per transfer. But did through Desyfin Financiera. They have an office in Liberia. The money you bring in goes into BN account and can withdraw at their office or debit card.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/16/2019 10:37 EST

LindyLuvsCr
The problem is not transferring the money. The problem is all the documents they require especially about my daughter.
It's our bank account not hers.
The investments are in my husband's name and the bank account is in our names and my daughter's.
We had to add our daughter to our bank account so that she can transfer my husband's pension to Costa Rica every month since the Government of Canada doesn't make direct deposits here like the Government of United State does.
Actually in Canada the bank didn't charge anything because my husband is a senior. They only make money on the exchange rate.
It is here that they keep some money for the expenses.

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PombinhaCoco7
8/16/2019 10:40 EST

princzz
I'm still thinking about what you said that there is something fishy about my statement.
How dare you call me a liar?

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