Buying cars in south america

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1. Posted by alex z (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi has anyone any tips on buying a cheap vehicle in South america. Is it a bad idea to buy out there and travel round the continent this way? Is there any countries that are good place to start a trip a like this?

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd be wary to be honest. Most of the countries in S.A have poor road maintenance and road safety not high priority as many of these countries are poor, there's also the factor of hijacking and crime to consider...I knew a couple of people that got a car in Brazil which is on the whole one of the more affluent countries but still the roads were awful when I was there and I travelled mostly by bus...

If you are dead set on doing it I'd wait till you're there to make a decision!

good luck!


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

you can buy a car in almost any country it more comes down to the cost(usally high cost for a POS), paperwork(sometimes lots of time and money and other bullshit) and time (running back and forth figuring this stuff out specially if you dont speak the local language !

4. Posted by SamDavis (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

OK I know it's an old thread but we have just got back from SA ourselves, we thought about this idea, but when we got there found it was an absolute nightmare. There are a million things to sort out, as you can't just get in the car and drive off, you hav to post the forms off, but they need a permanent address to send them back to, insurance is a big headache (it would have cost us 10 times the car), and again with no permanent addres, 99.99% wouldn't even look at it.

MM is right as well there are quite a few hijacks, even one or 2 kidnappings (did yo see banged up abroard the other night), the roads are NOTHING like anything in Europe (in fact in some places the roads ARE nothing at all!

We also ended up on the buses, it felt slightly safer with more people although we did get robbed once and several attempts, itwas slow, but at least the driver new where he was going.