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Buying a car to road trip latin america?? Any advice??

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1. Posted by londonguy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hi guys

Quick question - does anyone know anything about buying a car to tour latin america?

My friend and I are thinking about buying a car and touring down through Mexico to Colombia. We don't want to be stuck on buses for days on end (suffered enough 17 hour nightmares previously) and rental prices are just too high to be feasible for 10 weeks.

Am thinking of buying a cheap car in mexico city and using that, but wondering what the issues are around being a British person driving a foreign car across borders. Do you end up paying import tax each time? Additionally need to work out how we'd get insured. Any advice would be very welcome.



2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 6y

Getting around the Darien Gap might be a problem... You should probably sell your car when you get to Panama.

3. Posted by Cecibastos (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

Touring Latin America by car? wowow...a little crazy...Latin America is not Europe..

4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 6y

I'd buy a Japanese made car.

The biggest issue will be disposing of the car afterward since you won't be allowed to leave Panama (or Colombia or anywhere else) without proving you've legally disposed of it.

There are of course ways around that some easier than others.....

Quoting Cecibastos

Touring Latin America by car?...Latin America is not Europe..

Quite true-gas is much cheaper in Latina America