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1. Posted by gbagnati (Inactive 2 posts) 11y

I'm from Argentina but I live in Atlanta, GA. I want to buy a car in Argentina and drive to Atlanta. Is this possible to do?
Any kind of information would be great.

Thank you.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I'm afraid you will run into a snag in Panama. There is no direct route from Panama to Colombia and no roads through the Darien Gap. The car ferry that used to run from Colon to Cartegna shut down about 2 years ago. About the only option is by cargo ship, where your car will be placed in a container and transported from Panama to Colombia. It is not cheap, and arrangements do have to be made ahead of time.

I recommend doing a search for international shipping companies. Many of them have online fee schedules and scheduling information.

3. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

Best to drive to Cartagena and put the car on a container lift on lift off to colon Panama

4. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

From Colon Panama you can easily drive through CR, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to Mexico and into the US at Brownsville TX. a two day drive from Atlanta, will be very expensive for you as you must fly from colombia to Pamana, autos are very cheap in the US, you would save hundreds of dollars just by flying and what if you experience an accident or robbery in Colombia or Central America? Do you have insurance?

5. Posted by gbagnati (Inactive 2 posts) 11y

I'm aware of the danger of the trip. I don't want to do it just to get a cheap car. I know I can get cheap car in US but I want one in particular they don't sell in the US and I want to do this trip for personal reasons.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

My apologies for misreading your post. I accidentally read it as "Atlanta to Argentina", not the reverse. Your biggest problem will still be the Darien Gap - on both the Colombian and Panamanian sides.

Because the Intercontinental Highway (Pan-American) ends before entering the Gap, it makes traveling through the area quite difficult, especially if you do not have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Granted, it has been done - but the accounts that I have just read, have been via motorcycle or jeeps. These people also experienced having their vehicles taken by park officals and/or guerrillas. I get the feeling that you are not looking for quite this type of adventure, especially with a brand new car.

I agree with David (dbloom) and highly recommend the use of a cargo ship to get your car from Colombia to Panama. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own safety - and making the whole trip by car may be exciting - by why put your car and yourself at such risk... I believe the shipping cost and the plane fare will be well-spent in the long run.

Darien Gap Articles
Adventurer's Guide to Crossing the Darien Gap

7. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

Take caution driving outside the major cities in Colombia, Cartagena is safe but only a few dozen km. outside you are taking a risk driving alone. your vehicle must be bonded through Customs entering Panama and the port of Colon is not one of the safest areas in Panama, also your vehicle is to be bonded in Costa Rica and you'll require an International Credit (not Debit) Card for Mexico, where vehicle is bonded to US Border, going north you'll have to purchase Mexican Insurance in a border city such as Tapachula, Comitan (from Guatemala)or Chetumal (from Belize) obligatory, Insurance also obligatory in Belize. At the US Border on the US side you'll have to store your vehicle until you able to buy Insurance. You had best fly to Atlanta and purchase a vehicle there or nearby.

8. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 11y

Find a shipping agent in Argentina and see the cost of container to Miami, Tampa, Mobile or Houston USA, usually about 11-12 days and the agent does your paperwork. I would not drive with an expensive car the route you have planned, only with an older vehicle I could abandon. As well an expensive auto will attract attention as well as your South American plates, here in Central America auto theft and carjackings are becoming commonplace, the vehicles then taken to chop shops and sold for parts..often authorities may be involved as well.