Used cars in Costa Rica


The “Marcharmo” is the annual minimum liability insurance you are required to pay for all vehicles, motorcycles, or ATVs in Costa Rica.  You can pay the Marcharmo from November 1st to December 31st each year and the value is based on the make, model, and year of your vehicle. The Marcharmo is not cheap and for a 2008 SUV I will pay around $800 this year, ouch!  Even an older car, motorcycle, or ATV...

Buying a Car in Costa Rica

This can be an overwhelming endeavor looking for a quality used car in Costa Rica.  Many of the cars have been driven on bad roads and are super expensive compared to their comparable U.S. make and model.  There is a heavy import tax on cars here, which is reflected in the prices.  It can be discouraging when looking for a car and may take several trips to various dealerships and looking at for sale by...

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