Buying a New Car in Costa Rica

Information on the paperwork and processes involved when buying a new car in Costa Rica...

Tax on cars imported into Costa Rica is high. However, as cars generally have a good re-sale value many buyers find that it is worth the investment.

There are car dealerships for new cars (agencias de autos) in Costa Rica.

A car dealership guides a buyer through the paperwork process. If a buyer plans to pay for a car with cash or by wiring funds to the dealership, not much more than a proof of identity is needed.

However, if the buyer plans to finance the car, the dealership needs to coordinate with the buyer’s bank that is doing the financing. The dealership should guide this process as well.