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Buying a used car in Colombia

From what I can discern, Colombia is a good country to buy a used car, drive around South America and sell in another country. Is this true, and what are details?
13 years ago, January 17th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #126760  
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from what i can discern colombia is a good country to buy used car, drive around south america and sell in another country.

is this true, and what are details? Reply to this

13 years ago, January 29th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #127683  
Can't tell yet, but we 're curently in colombia and bying a used car. So far no problems with it. It seems easy. You pay the car,the owner gives a paper that says that you bought the car. Than you go to DATT (I think) and tell them you bought the car. Bring your passport and the car is yours.

Monday we ll do all that.

And for selling, we´re planning to sell it in Argentina, so in a few months we can tell you a little about that.

Ah, and how we did it: We jumped in a taxi,asked him if he knew a good mecanic. We drove to the mecaninc, this told us a goodguy who sells used cars. But he didn't have what we where looking for. So he jumped in the taxi to and drove us to another mecaninc (friend of him), who had a client selling his car. The mecanic called the guy, we drove with the mecaninc to that guy and he checked the whole car.

We had to pay much for the taxi ride of three hours, but I think its worht it.
It was always colombians negociating, wich is better for the price, and they know much more than we do.

anyway, if it works out well now I ll let you know. With more details on what you have to do.

grtz Reply to this

13 years ago, February 1st 2011 No: 3 Msg: #127886  
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good info ...thanks

plan on doing same trip

how was price you paid compared to same car in USA? Reply to this

13 years ago, February 4th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #128116  

It was quite easy actually... you fill in a (offical) paper that says that you bought the car, your name, the sellers name, how much you paid and your passport number, ... and it´s yours.

There are 3 important documents: assurance ( if there is none, for the van we bought it is 20 dollars a year... and you buy it in almost every gasstation ... ), the cars ID ( a small paper that says wich car it is and the owners name) and the technical control.

Than if you want, you go with those 3 papers and the paper you bought the car to the DATT and they will give you a new "car ID" with your name. But it's not obligatory and it costs money if you want it.

anyway, the only problem we had, was one guy that had a good car and didn't wantedto sell to non-colombians.

The price: I'm not from the usa, so I don't know. But we paid 3500000 COP (colombian pesos) (=3000 euros) for a microvan chevrolet. I think its OK, notthe cheapest but fair.

good luck Reply to this

10 years ago, June 26th 2013 No: 5 Msg: #172257  

In response to: Msg #127683

hey, how did your road trip come along?

my wife are in cartagena right now and were contemplating doing something similar. Ideally we would like to buy something between 2000-3000 CAD drive through colombia, peru, chile, bolivia and then eventually end up in argentina.

It sounds like from your post that buying a car is relatively easy, my question would be, how did you find crossing the border from country to country. did you have any run ins with police, etc... my wife and I also do not speak spanish.

looking forward to hearing about your adventures and any advise you might have.

thanks, Reply to this

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