Don’t buy a used car in Costa Rica. Buy one in the U.S., have it totally rebuilt and shipped to you. Pay the high shipping charges, the high import duties and you will STILL be ahead of the game when it comes to car ownership in Costa Rica.
We have purchased two used cars in the 16 months we have lived here. One from a small rock lot, the other from an 30 year veteran used car lot in Grecia, the used car capitol of Costa Rica.
I would be better off buying from a kansas city Buy Here Pay Here Dealership
The first car needed $3000 worth of repairs on a $10,000 USD initial cost of the car. We paid the repair bill and traded the car in on a later model which costs $20,000 USD thinking we would get some relief from always pissing away money on repairs.
Wrong, stale coffee breath!
The $20,000 car is in the shop getting a righteous rear wheelectomy. Brake pads, wheel bearing, and probably more. The mechanic can’t even get the friggin’ hub off to see what is making the grinding noise. It’s gonna set us back $500 by the time he gets done piddling around.
AND it may be Tuesday before we get the car back!
If it wasn’t for our good friends, Pat and John loaning us their car, we would be cabbing it around. Not bad when it is Nancy and I, but Joanne and Velma are here visiting and they have a flight out Saturday. Joni took them to San Jose today so Velma could get the last of her dental work finished.
I’m calling it: Do Not Buy A Used Car In Costa Rica.