Buying a car/van in Argentina
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 14, 2013 9:49 AM Last Post By: masterage20013
Dec 2, 2012 12:58 PM
Buying a car/van in ArgentinaMy girlfriend and I are planning a trip to South America next year, starting off in Buenos Aires in Argentina.
We want to buy a van, 4x4 or SUV in Buenos Aires and then drive around the continent.
Does anyone know how much we'd have to spend on a decent vehicle? And if it's easy to buy one in B.A.?
I've done the same thing in Australia, and over there they had specific places you could buy a car/van off other travellers who had just finished their trips and take it on the road yourself. I'm wondering if such places exist in B.A. or any other city in Argentina.
Or, does anyone have any suggestions for a better country to buy the vehicle in? Our plans are in the early stages so plenty of room for flexibility right now.
Any help would be much appreciated
Dec 2, 2012 1:48 PM
You will drive as far as the border to get very friendly information that you are not going anywhere at all, well at least your car is not going with you.
Use the search function, you have huge gap in knowledge and this subject has been explain pretty decently here.
In short: your best bet is either Chile or Paraguay.
You are looking at least $10k for decent 4x4, about $6k for almost dead hippy age van.
(again NOT in Argentina)
It doesn't and bureaucracy involved is exceeding anything you can imagine. Australia is probably the easiest country to buy and sell a car (together with UK), South America is the worst place, Argentina being the biggest nightmare, still even if you succeed as I've said it's illegal to leave the country with your own car when you are not a resident.
After reading the basics feel free to ask addition questions.
Edited by: banjanti_respawn
Dec 3, 2012 2:27 PM
2There is a way to buy a vehicle from other travellers even in Argentina. At least I have heard of it and you can make it work but as I don´t know exactly how it works and it is pretty difficult to find one, I would follow the advice above. Chile and Paraguiay are both easier and prices of used cars will be cheaper too. Also you have to be aware that all these burocratic rules can change quickly so get always first hand information and be sure you will get what you want before making any payment
Dec 3, 2012 4:10 PM
3#2 You can buy it, but when it's registered in Argentina and you are not resident it's illegal to cross any border.
So you can use it for touring Argentina and that's it.
Dec 3, 2012 4:41 PM
4No, appearantly you can buy it from a non resident of Argentina and doing some specific papers you can take the car out of Argentina.
Dec 4, 2012 2:41 AM
5Thanks both for the advice - I had a feeling that good old bureaucracy would hinder things.
Does that mean if I buy a car in Chile or Paraguay that I can drive through Argentina? Or do the same rules apply ie. I can't leave the country with my car once I've entered it?
Thanks again much appreciated. Obviously I have much to learn but I thought I'd sling the idea out there to see what people had to say...
Dec 4, 2012 4:55 AM
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Dec 4, 2012 6:52 AM
9Back in the 90's there was a book written by Jim Rogers (an early partner of George Soros), entitled "Investment Biker". Rogers and his then girlfriend traveled the world on a pair of Bmw bikes. He had to get a "Carnet de Passage" for AR.
Frankly, I'd be leery trying deal with the govt there. How would you get insurance, that might be problematic also.
Dec 4, 2012 7:47 AM
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Dec 10, 2012 9:59 AM
12OK thanks guys I'll look into how much I can get one for in Chile or Paraguay.
#9 I read a book recently called Triumph Around The World about a guy who went through SA on his bike. He made it ok but like everyone says, he spent a lot of time sorting paperwork even though he took it all with him. He shipped his bike over from the UK, not something I want to look into as I think that'll cost a small fortune itself.
May well come back with further questions after the next bit of research.
Feb 20, 2013 6:57 AM
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Have a look, It might be what you are looking for.
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