Has anyone bought a car in Chile?

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#1 Wed, 08/19/2015 - 15:16

Has anyone bought a car in Chile?

I was wondering - from those who did not buy their Chilean plated vehicle from another traveller /foreigner - where did you buy from? From a private seller or a car yard? How did you find your vehicle, and did you need to be fluent in Spanish to do so? Cheers :)

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 05:35

My husband and I bought a van

My husband and I bought a van off a website in Chile called yapo.cl. It's the equivalent to craigslist but it's Chilean. We had our hostel help us make the phone call the the vehicle owner and with reading some of the paperwork. From there we used the little Spanish we had and a ton of hand gestures to make the sale happen haha. You can do it without being fluent in Spanish it just takes some time. 

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 07:04 (Reply to #2)

Hi Britt,

Hi Britt,

We need your help. The car you bought, does it have chilean plates? So there are no problems to buy a chilean car being a foreigner? Could you tell us more or less how it works?

If you have time please send me an email to [email protected]

Thank you very much for your help and have a nice trip!!

Best regards,


Sat, 07/09/2016 - 07:41

I bought a van in Chile

I bought a 2013 used van in Santiago, Chile from a dealer using only an SII RUT number. I did not need any of the other "legal" things others claim are needed. I converted my van so I can live in it. I have driven all over Chile with no problems at all. I am thinking about taking it to other countries¬† perhaps Central and South America. At some point I will sell my van to a citizen of wherever I am at, to an expat or to a tourist. If you want to know more contact me at [email protected]. I will not explain how I did this to any of the people who make a lliving ripping off tourists and expats! I do not want to hear from any of those people at all!

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 08:17 (Reply to #4)


I never came back to this. We successfully bought a car and have been travelling south America for a year. We made a guide to buying a car, which people seem to find useful. You can find it at http://practicingforretirement.com/index.php/buy-a-car-in-chile/