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buying a US registered car in south america (Peru)

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1. Posted by wearywanderer (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

Can anyone advise on what would be involved if a non-south american like myself, bought a car registered in the US - from US travelers,? I have decided this might be a simpler option for me rather than buying locally, and also gives me the flexibility to drive back to the states.

My main questions are around change of ownership, insurance and re-registration of the US vehicle if it runs out of while I am on an extended tour here. Can I get an inspection done in SA that is going to satisfy US laws or can I just re-register over the internet?

thanks for your attention.

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 4y

Insurance is a problem in that generally no company is going to ensure a car to drive in another country, let alone a number of countries.

Before you can insure a car, you will need a valid test certificate of that country. In some cases, registration in that country (even here in Spain where I am at present).

In the last week on a British travel show, the travellers had bought a car to travel around a country only to have a major fault occur on it, with an expensive time getting it to a garage and getting it fixed, while they put themselves up in local accommodation.

There is also the problem that you will be driving through a number of potentially dangerous countries from Peru to the US.

3. Posted by wearywanderer (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y

thanks for the heads up, I will look further into it.

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