Best country to purchase/sell a car

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#1 Mon, 06/11/2012 - 12:03

Best country to purchase/sell a car

Hey you experienced road-trippers...

we are three friends planing to start our first panamerican-highway-experience! Yeehaw... Well, at the moment we are scanning the internet for some reliable pieces of information about the whole car-buying thing! Of course you can find a lot and especially about Brazil/Argentina and Chili we are quite well informed... But since we read about Uruguay a few times, that its supposed to be cheaper and maybe even easier - can anyone write their experience please about Uruguay or maybe even Paraguay? We plan to start our trip at the east coast, heading south so Brazil/Uruguay/Paraguay should be the best choice!

What we would like to know then is:

* is it true about Uruguay/Paraguay that is's cheaper// easier?
* is it allowed to cross the boarders with a Uruguay/Paraguay number plate?

One additional question: What about the selling procedure in Brazil? We though about selling it in Sao Paulo or can anyone recommend a differenct country? Best idea to sell it to another traveller or is it easy to convince some local used-car dealer to buy it?

Thanks alot everybody!

Sun, 12/30/2012 - 09:26

Hi there

Hi guys, did you get to purchase any vehicle in Uruguay? How did you get along with that? We're thinking of purchasing a foreign camper in Uruguay or Argentina, and wondering how it works! We'd apreciate any comment!

Thanks and good luck on your way north :)



Mon, 12/31/2012 - 02:13

Purchase of vehicle in BA

My family and I are traveling through Argentina from Oct to Dec 2013 and we are having trouble finding out how to purchase a vehicle in Argentina, even considering I have family there. What do you know about buying a vehicle in Buenos Aires? They believe if you buy a vehicle as a foreigner you pay a high levy/tax. Otherwise, you must have an Argentinian address to purchase a vehicle and prove where the money came from.
Thanks in advance.

Mon, 04/15/2013 - 22:44

Any news?


My friends and I are driving to SA and trying to figure out how to sell the car.  Did anybody figure anything out?

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 11:12

I recommend Chile

Having lived in Uruguay and Argentina i strongly recommend going to Chile to buy a car or RV. Uruguay will let you move money and buy things pretty easily but they have very heavy taxes which make car's in Uruguay often %50 more expensive than Argentina. Argentina is closed to the world when it comes to banking and finance. If you speak spanish and have time you can get a good deal. It'll involve smuggling the money in amounts less than $10k USD per person from a bank in Uruguay, changing money on the black market or paying with USD under the table. As a foreigner in Argentina you're allowed to own a car, but you can't drive it out of the country. To leave you'll need to get an escribano to give permission to an argentine, who will drive it across the border. 

In terms of selling, basically you can't sell it to locals. I hear Southern Chile they're allowed to import, but nobody else really. Most folks sell at a loss in Paraguay, where essencially you're getting paid by somebody who is 'stealing' your car and re-registering it under false papers. Even the president of Paraguay was discovered be using a stollen Limo a few years ago. 

Importing car's to Argentina or Uruguay is basically impossible. People who are residents or citizens and who have been living outside of the country and owned the car for more than 3 years are allowed a once in their life premission to import a car, but it's a pain in the ass. Otherwise you've got to pay more than the price of the car when it was new as taxes for the priviledge of importing the car. 

Uruguayans don't like cars much, Gas is 2.1 USD per Liter (almost 8 dollars a gallon). In Montevideo, the vehicle license fee is %6 to %8 of the price of the car when it was new, to be paid each year! Just for the license plates. The good side is there is very little smog or traffic jams in Uruguay. 


Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:32

Hi, here in Brazil one is not

Hi, here in Brazil one is not allowed to import used cars (except if it's more than 30 years old).