costa rica border crossing HELP with bought car

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#1 Fri, 09/20/2013 - 14:07

costa rica border crossing HELP with bought car

sorry for the quick write up but currently stuck at the border between panama and costa rica and not able to get our car through. we bought it yesterday from another travelling couple who had come through the day prior with it from costa rica. in costa rica your car is give 90 days as a foreign car to be there. the car is registered in california. all the paperwork and transfer title is correct but they will not let us through due to the cars previous permit that was used by the previous owners. they say that the car cannot come back into costa rica for 3 months now that it is under our name because it needs to wait out its prior permit. if anyone has any idea at all how to forego this rule and get the car across the border please let us know.

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 16:30

title transfer

Hey how did you manage to correctly transfer the title while in central america? currently struggling to transfer my washington title to some buyers who want to drive it back up there.

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 04:33 (Reply to #2)

title transfer

Well, we went to a notary public in Panama and paid for them to do the paperwork for the title transfer. Both the owner and the buyer need to be there for this process.

If you are having trouble getting the car across the border for other reasons after the sale, find a border town lawyer and ask them to draw you up a bill of sale. Not sure that this bill of sale will be accepted at future border crossings.

The buyer may use the notary public papers to border cross and then re-register the car to themselves when they get back to the States.

We crossed a few years ago so things may be different now.