Difficult to sell a car in Belize?

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#1 Thu, 07/02/2009 - 19:45

Difficult to sell a car in Belize?

This is a comment we received on the site from Seich:

Hi there,
I'm currently on a worldtrip, so I bought a car in Canada and drove all down to Cancun (Mexico). My plan is to fly from there to Peru, but first I've got to get rid of my car... and that's a big Problem here im Mexico. Therefore I thought about a little detour to Belize to sell/dump the car there.
So, does anybody know if it's possible to sell an imported car and leave the country without any problems?
Many thanks in advance!

Fri, 07/03/2009 - 13:14

selling your vehicle

Hey Seich,

We had friends that sold their van in Panama (not Belize I know but this might still apply), they said they didn't have too much trouble it took them about a week to properly import their car and sell it. So I think it's totally doable.
Let me know if this helps ... I can email those guys and find out more if you want.

Cheers

Tom

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 18:47

Hi guys, I am planing to sell

Hi guys, I am planing to sell my 4-runner in Panama and would appreciate any help. So if you can email those guys and find out more please... thanks, Itai

Sun, 07/19/2009 - 17:05

Selling your 4-runner in Panama

Hey Itai

Actually I know a couple of people who imported and sold cars in Panama, so I don't think you'll have any problems. I emailed both of them to see if they had any advice or tips and I'm waiting to hear back from them.

I'll let you know as soon as they get in touch.

Cheers,

Tom

Thu, 07/30/2009 - 20:18

Selling your 4runner in Panama

Hi Itai,

I heard back from the guys that sold their car in Panama - here's what they had to say...

The best idea is to sell the car to foreigners, I mean to people who aren't living in the country where they will buy the car, that's the easiest way, they have to go to a 'notaria' or lawyer. There they will get a paper or letter which allows them to sell the car. Then they have to go to the custom office for the car - in Spanish 'officina de aduana' with this paper and get a stamp for the passport to cancel the car permit that's it

The other way is a little bit more complicated... they have to import the car first. Then sell it.... but to import a car, outsch... it's expensive more than or nearly the same as shipping to Colombia.

Hope that information helps,

Regards,

Tom

Mon, 02/08/2010 - 08:49

Selling our car in Belize or Guatemala

Hey there
Glad to have found this post, and especially your advice, Tom. But still a bit unclear... can you help further?

We are from the UK, have bought a US car and have it registered in the States but want to sell it in Belize or Guatemala, just like the guy above, before we fly home.

It sounds like we need to do the thing above - sell to travellers driving back to the US but I'm not clear on the legal process. Does the lawyer paperwork you mentioned your friends did constitute a proper sale, or is it a temporary sale, and you're relying on the buyers to transfer the title into their name back in the US?

I think maybe you can do a US transfer of title online anyway... so I guess it's just to clear you in customs terms in the country you sell it?

Any advice appreciated - thanks!
Fiona

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 14:31

Buying a car registered in the U.S. abroad

I recently contacted the CA DMV to discuss changing the title of a car purchased in another country but still registered in CA. It is possible. I believe the phone number to get more information is 916-657-8035.

If anyone would like to sell me a car in southern Mexico/Belize/Guatemala or in Chile/Argentina, please let me know.

Brian.white.4@gmail.com

Sun, 02/28/2010 - 16:16

Selling our car in Belize or Guatemala

Hi Fiona,

Sorry to take so long to get back to you - it looks like Brian may have answered your question, I hope so.

As far as I know the process that I described is the legal way to sell your car in most of Latin America. We have finished up our road trip from Canada to Argentina and are now looking to sell our car in Buenos Aires and from the research I've done it looks like pretty much the same thing. We have to get a notary to give us the papers to legally sell the car (to a foreigner) and also to witness the sale. Then we go to the aduana to cancel our car permit.

Hope that helps, I'll let you know how it works out for us once we actually sell the car.

Tom

Wed, 03/10/2010 - 20:12

Thank you!

Hi from Mexico -- thanks for the posts and advice again. I'm going to follow your advice and try to arrange the sale here. Will put a sale post up soon, for any interested parties! Brian - I've emailed you...
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Tue, 11/14/2017 - 07:47

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