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31. Posted by Tinktinkie (Budding Member 13 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

It is much easier to buy a car than in Argentina. Here the process is more complicated and time consuming. You also have problems leaving with the car to neighbouring countries if you are not a resident in Argentina.

32. Posted by lior_izrael (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

i'm going to argentina next week and i plan to buy a car in chile and go all over argentina and chile.
does it matter where i buy and sell the car? because i heard thet it easier and cheaper to buy in south chile and easier and more profitable to sell in north chile.
is it true or it doesnt matter?

thanks lior

33. Posted by alchoomz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone - some really useful information on these threads.

One thing I have not managed to find too much information on is comprehensive insurance. I know it is possible, and compulsory, to have 3rd party insurance but is it possible to obtain comprehensive insurance to cover most/all south american countries?

At the moment, we have found comprehensive to cover Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Just wanting to get comprehensive to cover Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks so much!

34. Posted by rvcampertravele (Full Member 80 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi... have a diesel Ford pickup for sale in Argentina, has US number plates , and clear title, must sell to person with a foreign passport. also camper fully self-contained, sleeps 4, bath, shower, kitchen, microwave and more..... very economical and exc. condition

35. Posted by lior_izrael (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

1. where are you in argentina?
2. why are you selling?
3. can i pass the border to chile with the car?
4. how can i contact you for more specific details (price, miles, year...)

tanks lior

36. Posted by Mattrob (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Quoting louis1946

Quoting Mr.Barker

I bought a 1997 Ford Explorer 4x4 in Santiago, Chile in July. The process took me six days in total.

I drove throughout Chile, Argentina, and Peru with zero hassles. I lived out of the car, thereby avoiding hotel or hostel expenses.

Anyone who plans to buy a car here in Santiago or Chile in general is welcome to shoot me any questions. I should be able to answer them since the process is still fresh in my mind. Not quite coincidentally, I am looking to sell my car around the end of October.

John Barker

Hi John,
Wife and I are living (3 months now) in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina. Moved here from Antigua, Guatemala (2 years) and previously San Antonio, Texas, USA. We are in the travel business (specialty company doing art workshop/tours to Guatemala and Ecuador). We also have an import/export business which keeps us traveling all around Central and South America.

We want to do some serious back road traveling throughout Central and South America by vehicle (all our travels for the past 10 years have been - fly in, rent a car, drive around, fly out). We want to spend the next year or two driving these countries and villages. We have run inot a snag - the Artgentina gov't will not allow a non-resident to take their car outside of Argentina. This forces us to figure out a way we can buy a vehicle somewhere else so that we can so our South and Central America traveling. Questions;
1. Can you take a car you buy in Chile and drive it to other countries (appears you did)?
2. Can you sell it when you are finished in other countries, or do you have to bring it back to Chile to sell it?
3. Can you take it to Argentina and back (looks like you did)?
4. Don't you have to have a Chile addxress to get a RUT and buy you car and get insurance there?

I know I have some other questions but will address them when I hear from you.

Thanks, johnk

Dear John,
I am hoping to do the same and would love to have the same info. What is the process for purchasing.


37. Posted by rvcampertravele (Full Member 80 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Johnk- I just finished a trip from Texas to Argentina, in a great and economical combination (Ford diesel F250 with a Lance Camper) and returned to Texas, I have permission on the vehicles (Temp permit) for 1 year in Uruguay. I wish to sell both units, after I return shortly and use for a week or so, this is to save the shipping charge home.
A friend, did the same with his motorhome, sold and had a title made in the name of the new owner,actually transferring the vehicle between borders - the French family that purchased had the vehicle entered on their passport and drove north to the USA, where it was orginated from. What the south american countries are concerned about is that the vehicle is NOT sold to a citizen of their country and IMPORTED.
I AM looking for someone with a foreign passport who wishes this type of vehicle, if you have this, maybe you are interested. It has a Texas title.

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