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Buy A Car In Mexico, Sell It In Argentina???

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1. Posted by drivepanam (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

I am planning to travel with 2 other people from Mexico down to the tip of South America this summer. We would like to purchase a vehicle in Mexico and sell it at the end of our trip. With safety and the Darien Gap put aside, is it going to be possible for US citizens to buy a car in Mexico and sell it in Argentina? Any thoughts/suggestions are appreciated!!!

Thank You,

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

I suppose you could, although you'd probably have to pay some import tax.

3. Posted by drivepanam (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Also, do you have any idea if it is possible if its a process that takes a few days or a few weeks (paperwork, etc.)? Thank You Again

4. Posted by iflyptgia (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Sounds like a great trip; I've been looking into the same. Curious why you are condiering buying in Mexico? I was looking at the same thing because i wanted to get a diesel Toyota Hilux which are somewhat hard to come by in the US.

If you decide to leave the vehicle in Argentina, you will be liable for import taxes. I have read they are 80 to 100% the value of the vehicle (i'm a bit suspicious about that but have not found any other info to prove it false) That itself will depend on the type and age of the vehicle. In some countries, they don't allow for the permanent importation of vechiles over a certain age.

Again form what i've read, as long as the vehilce is legally registered to you (or you have a notarized power of attornery for the vehicle) you should be able to get across borders. I have been considering a Carnet de Passage (pretty much a bond insuring you will export the vehicle; theoretically it should allow you to more easily move across borders). From what i've read, it si more of a 'good to have' rather than a 'need to have'. You can read about it at