Selling a car with Canadian plates In Panama

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#1 Tue, 01/12/2016 - 11:03

Selling a car with Canadian plates In Panama

Hello! We havve a canadian car and wr want to sell it in panama. Our doubt is: what do we do with the plates that are under our name? How the other person can get the car through american borders without plates?

What is the best option for us?

Wed, 01/13/2016 - 04:40

Couple of problems. First is

Couple of problems. First is you took the vehicle into the country on a Temporary Import Permit of some sort, whether on paper or registered electronically, and the conditions are that you take it out of that country before the permit expires.  In some countries you can get a PODER drawn up to allow someone else to take it out, but they aren't the owners and are effectively borrowing your car.

Next problem is how does the new "owner" become the legal owner which can only be done back in the state of registration. Some provinces - BC for one - make it difficult if not impossible to transfer ownership unless both parties are there at the same time - partly because old owner has to hand the plates in and the new owner gets new plates only once the statutory insurance has been paid.


Ways around these problems - most being illegal to a lesser or greater extent, but which often rely on the new owner accepting conditions of sale and attendant risks that they would walk away from back home


Sat, 02/06/2016 - 20:16

Sounds quite difficult...We

Sounds quite difficult...We are concerned as well about how this person will be able to drive the car if we want to keep the plates with us. Do you know how can the person get plates for the car once we've done the PODER?


Thank you!

Sun, 02/07/2016 - 03:54

Use of a poder implies that

Use of a poder implies that you are lending them a "legal" car - one that is registered and carries any mandatory insurance required in any country it is driven in. Without plates, how can it be legal. Can you and the prospective owner collaborate to get the ownership and registration changed over back in the state of registration. That would still require the car to be driven to the border with a poder aand your TIP and your plates.

Some use a PODER indefinitely but of course means that the car remains yours and it will be your responsibility to keep it registered back in Canada.

Plenty of cases where people make up fake papers and fake license plates, but then it becomes a question of would you drive that car back home with all fake papers and invalid insurance. If not, why do it away from home (where the prisons aren't quite so pleasant)

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 05:40

Might be too late, but we are

Might be too late, but we are canadian! Whats the car you are selling, we are in Panama City right now.



Sat, 09/17/2016 - 08:30

Selling a car with Canadian plates In Panama

Hello amigos !!  I always buy or get car donations with foreign plates. Here in Panama cars use only one license plate on the back of the vehicle. Canadian registered cars use two of those. All what I need is.... 4 copies of the owner's passport, original car title, original document that you get at the Costa Rica-Panama border (Paso Canoa) and all the documents of the car that you hold.  You signature on the seller part of the title and one of the license plate.   That's all.   [email protected]