HELP SOS !!! Please

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#1 Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:01

HELP SOS !!! Please


We are wondering if anyone who has sucessfuly purchased a car in Santiago ( or anywhere in Chile) can help us. 

We went through all the necessary steps to buy the car - Getting a RUT number, finding a perfect Van and making sure that all the owners papers were in order. The next step - according to online sources is to go to the Notoria and sign contracts and get the ownership papers along with permissions to leave the country etc...and then to the Registro Civil after for the official Padron. 

Unfortuantely we got to the notoria with the owners and the lady at the desk informed us that it was IMPOSSIBLE to buy a car  as a foreigner. Sadly our spanish was too poor, and the owners english too poor to argue the situation, we wanted to tell her that we have had friends do it sucessfuly , not to mention this entire website of success stories. 

Luckily the owner was very gracious and has aggreed to try again tomorrow. 

What we are wondering is  A) if we are missing some vital piece of information or B) If we had bad luck with the lady at the desk and she just didn't know enough? 

If anyone has advice please let us know!!

Or, if you went a Norotia sucessfully in Santiago, which one did you go to??? 

Anything will help !!  Our entire trip is hinging on this ...

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Thank You !!!



Fri, 03/27/2015 - 05:48

http://www.horizonsunlimited has several pages of posts regarding procedures to be followed to buy a motorbike in Santiago.


One thing that did arise - discussed here re buying a car is that it may not be a quick process

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 14:52 (Reply to #2)

"May not be a quick process."

"May not be a quick process." That's an understatement!

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:26


Glad you appear to have it all sorted. I have a friend who bought a car and with the owner they had to go to three notaries before one would accept it.

There is absolutely no doubt that a foreigner can buy a chilean car in Chile

I bought mine from a dealer, and everything was already signed and fingerprinted by the seller.

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 02:06

For some reason, there is a

For some reason, there is a lo of misconceptions from Chileans about non-citizens being able to obtain an RUT or buy a car there. We have family there and they flat out told us it was impossible for us to get a RUT, only citizens can have it... well that's wrong, but that's just what they thought. So it's not surprising that some notary offices have it wrong too. Just keep trying until you have success.