HOW DOES THE PROCESS OF BUYING A CAR IN COSTA RICA WORK?
There are some steps that you should consider when buying a car in Costa Rica. But don’t worry, I will assist you in each of the steps below:
1. FREE CONSULTATION
Free consultation by email or WhatsApp to answer all your questions, discuss suitable vehicles and give you details on what to expect during the car purchase experience.
2. FIND A CAR
After the consultation, I will know exactly the types of vehicles you are interested in and I will search the country to find the best car that is suitable for you.
When I contact car dealers and cars for sale by owners, I will inquire about the history of the vehicle, including past mechanical repairs. Also, a search in the national register will be done to ensure the car has no outstanding encumbrances or infractions.
As soon as I find suitable options, I will send you the information via email or WhatsApp.
3. MECHANIC INSPECTION
Once you’ve decided on the car you want, I will drive to the seller to conduct thorough due diligence.
First, I will ensure that the Marchamo (registration & mandatory liability insurance) and Dekra (the annual vehicle safety inspection) are up-to-date because you do not want to have to pay these fees right at the beginning.
Next, a complete mechanical background check will be done to see what repairs the car has gone through. I will make sure the vehicle is running without any issues.
You can request to have an extra mechanic inspect the car before purchase, which I can help arrange. I work with reliable and trustworthy mechanics.
4. Buy your dream car
The process will be completed with a lawyer in a smooth, stress-free way.
Once the final decision is made, we’ll need to complete the transaction with a notary public or attorney. This is required by law for a valid title transfer.
Usually, the buyer pays for this service, but it can sometimes be split between the buyer and seller. The lawyer’s fee is set by the government based on the value of the car.
Once you sign, they will send the paperwork to San José to get you a new title in your name.
Congratulations on your new car.
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Hi, I am Edward the creator of Find with Ed, a turnkey car service to help foreigners moving or already living in Costa Rica who are searching for a car without the hassle. I’ve assisted many foreigners in finding a reliable car in Costa Rica, all within their budget.
As a Costa Rican local, I have a broad knowledge of the country and its people. I am bilingual in Spanish and English and have deep experiences with different cultures and nationalities.
I would be happy to assist you with your automobile purchase!
I can recommend you various dealers, companies, and mechanics all over the country.
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“Edward was great! He helped me buy my first car in Costa Rica and it was exactly what I was looking for. He handled everything very professionally, was super nice, and speaks perfect English.”
– H. from Canada –