buying a car in chile

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1. Posted by klee (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

can anyone help with this? i am in santiago and want to buy a car to drive thr chile and argentina and then to sell in brazil.

does anyone have any advice? know the best way to go about this?


2. Posted by BobFrassinetti (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Kate,

Sounds a good idea, but you will find it complicated to deal with. First you would need to decide what car new of the rack or second hand used car. Then if it’s new get it tax free, which might be as complicated and selling it at the other end, as cars in all these countries have to be “nationalized” for selling. I suggest you to rent a car, that’s easier.. Bob Frassinetti.
Buenos Aires, Argentina

3. Posted by klee (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi bob,

thanks for the reply - we really weren't expecting one! if we bought a car it would be second hand cheap thing as we don't have enough money for a new one. does that make things easier regarding tax?

do you think this is really far too much hassle than it is worth? a car would cut out a tonne of hassle when traveling, esp because buses down far south are infrequent at this time of year.


4. Posted by klee (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i've checked out a few travel forums and it seems that buying a car and traveling around s america can be easy with no problems crossing borders so long as the vehicle is registered in your name (and you have insurance).

my next question is do i register the car in my name? where do i go to do this and does it take a long time?


5. Posted by drivepanam (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Kate,
I tried to do alot of research on this idea about a month ago because I knew I wanted to travel around Central and South America in my own car, I just didn't know if it was possible.
The purchase of the car seemed to be possible in many of the countries with just some special paperwork, it was the sale of the car in another country that seemed to be the problem, you may want to research the import taxes and other regulations of Brazil because in some countries in South America the import tax can apparently be a very high percentage of the total value. Apparently a "loop-hole" in this is if one can find a fellow traveller to sell the car to, someone that is not going to stay within Brazil for long, but this is obviously somewhat difficult and I really don't see how this avoids registration and therefor import taxes...
This is a great topic and I will be paying close attention to this thread, please post any info that you find, it would be great if someone that has done this could provide definitive info!

Good Luck!

6. Posted by BobFrassinetti (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kate,

Yes, the documents you would need to buy any car would be your passport, I think with that you will be ok, and then insurance for the car for the time you will be travelling and extended to the countries that you will be visiting. If it’s a used car you might need to have it “Road Tested”, all the same when buying it check you have all the tax bills on the car from previous owners and the correct documents of ownership. I am sure asking in 2 or 3 car dealers shops you will get to know exactly what you need.

Like Justin said, the “Big” problem is selling it at the end of the tour, all cars in South America have to be what’s called here to be , “nationalized” when they are from a foreign country, and this is an expense and taxed enterprise, with taxes that can range in around 400% of what the car is worth….. or what the Government thinks that the car is worth. In all these countries there are some differences as to how this is done, but in a “nut shell” this is the problem and maybe the BEST reason why not to buy a car.

More details soon, Bob