How can I buy a car in Costa Rica?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Papagayo Region

How can I buy a car in Costa Rica?

how Can I buy a car in costa rica

Cars are generally about 30% more in Costa Rica than the USA, yet still substantially less than many other countries in the world, as there is an import tax on vehicles. The older the vehicle, the higher the percentage, as Costa Rica does not want a bunch of broken down, Katrina flood cars, sitting on the side of the road like you see in Belize or Mexico. So unless it is your “baby”, and you have to have it with you, my advice is to sell your cars at home and buy them here. You can purchase every type of vehicle in Costa Rica that you can anywhere else, as there is every type of dealership imaginable. There are also fantastic used car dealers close by who have great reputations for selling very reliable cars and SUVs at reasonable prices. But some people just have to have their old Jeep CJ7 or classic convertible mustang, or their vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle and nothing is going to convince them otherwise.

In Liberia, just 30 minutes away, are some of the most popular brands of new cars.

Toyota; Nissan; Chevy; Ford; Kia; VW; Suzuki; Hyundai.

In San Jose, 3.5 hours away is every other dealership in the world, from Audi to BMW; Range Rover to Mercedes; off road vehicles and motorcycles; and all the super high end cars as well.

Most of my clients though, do not need a brand new car. They just need a reliable SUV to get them around town, and do not mind buying one a few years old, with a few thousand kilometers on the dash.

There is Craig’s List in Costa Rica and you can find some good deals. The concern is that you really have no idea what the car has gone through, how rough it was driven and if it is in reliable condition. Make sure you have the car checked out by a reliable mechanic before purchasing and always use a good attorney to check the title of the vehicle.

You can of course, hope to find one locally through our local mailing lists, or For Sale by Owner, but those tend to go quickly in private sales to friends.

There is a great used car lot, just north of the Liberia airport, at the Ford dealership. The owner is Gian Carlo and I have known him since the day I moved here, he is actually my neighbor now as well. I bought my first two cars from him and he has helped HUNDREDS of my clients over the years. He has even been known to meet my clients at the airport and deliver their car to them personally, as they arrived here for their big relocation.

The best way to reach him is by phone or email.


His email is

Insurance is very reasonable in Costa Rica as well.

Harley Davidson Tours Costa Rica

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, Costa Rica Service Providers, EX PATS in Costa Rica, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Playas del Coco, Vacation in Costa Rica

Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 114

Harley Davidson Tours Costa Rica

So you want to feel the roar of your hog underneath you while touring beautiful Costa Rica?  But you’re thinking it might be really difficult to bring your bike down just for a vacation.  Or maybe you’re not sure how to navigate Costa Rica’s particular road system without street signs that you are used to in other parts of the world?

Harley Davidson Tours Costa Rica

Well now there is an option for you Harley fanatics.  You can take a guided tour with Devils Paradise Harley Davidson Tours.  These guys are the real deal and will treat you to a ride you will never forget.

Some people have commented that maybe the Costa Rican’s don’t want a bunch of Gringos riding around their country and disturbing the peace a quiet of the beautiful countryside.  Well what we found out is that there is a huge amount of local Tico Harley owners that far outnumbers the small amount of Gringos that tour around the country in Harley’s.

Also, in less you have never been to Costa Rica or any other Latin American country for that matter, noise pollution is way down on the list of worries.  So come on down and ride a hog in paradise, the locals don’t mind and you will have a blast.

February 2018
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