My friends from Costa Rica I have to tell you a story and I have to warn you to be careful with everyone: I had a horrible experience with Mr. Ehlers (Ehlerscars SJ) and one of his mechanics. I liked to have Mr. Ehlers to help me to sell my car, a sports sedan. I met Mr. Ehlers and his mechanic on a parking lot of a home depo in San Jose. It was the easiest way to meet. While talking to Mr. Ehlers the mechanic was checking the car. After a few minutes the mechanic ask to go for a test drive. Yes of course. And he left with a well functioning car. I have been driving the car all day long and I also had another potential buyer driving the car a few hours before. There were no issues with my car. The mechanic came back about 10 to 15 minutes later and immediately talked into Mr. Ehlers ear. Mr. Ehlers came to me and claimed that the clutch of the car is broken. What? It was all fine when the mechanic left for the test drive. I checked the car. Using the reverse gear I heard a horrible knocking noise out of the gearbox and the clutch did not work like before the test drive. The same in forward gear. And there was this typical smell from a tortured clutch. So I asked the mechanic what he did. But he only talked to Mr. Ehlers and they claimed that this clutch was already broken. The car came that broken from the test drive that even the least competent mechanic would not have began a test drive. He would have asked immediately what is wrong with this clutch. But they keped on claiming that it was already broken. While talking to Mr. Ehlers, trying to solve the issue, he claimed, after about 10 minutes, that he has to go and left me with my broken car. So I tried to get the car home but the clutch broke down completely after a few miles and I had to tow the car home. Since this, all attempts to get in contact, to solve the issue, failed. Mr. Ehlers claims to be a honest businessman. I am waiting to see this.
Help, I would like to import my Toyota Rav 4 EV (and my house charger) but for the life of me I cannot navigate the government website to find anything regarding cost/inspection but all I can find is details on diesel and gasoline cars :( I can understand they are interested in the suspension, wheels, brakes and lights but how are they going to assess things like emission and engine state when it is just a battery and an electic motor? What about import tax, I found the details for hybrid vehicles but nothing on all-electric (other than a Cushman golf cart)? I read somewhere there are less than 100 EVs in CR. With the zero emission goal you would think the govt would want to make this type of import easier and certainly cheaper - or at least have some sort of policy?
Hi! I've found an older truck in Costa Rica I'd really like to export from CR to the US. I've read a lot about the rules for importing a car into the US, but I think it'll still be worth it for me to hire someone to assist in the process. Does anyone out there have suggestions for a good company to work with? Have any of you done this before? I can find lots of info about importing cars to CR, but none about exporting them. Thanks!