Car accessories in Boliva
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 18, 2013 9:53 AM Last Post By: alanymarce
Feb 15, 2013 11:40 AM
Car accessories in BolivaI'm from Brazil and i am planning a road trip thru south america. The first stop is going to be Bolivia. For the car (Pajero 4x4) we need some accessories and parts for this trip that are just too expensive in Brazil, things like new tires, metal jerrycans etc. I did a lot of googeling for Bolivian webstores to get a general idea of the prices in Bolivia for car parts and accessories but its near impossible for me to find websites that can give a good idea of the prices. Can anyone point me in the direction of a website where you can order online in Bolivia or does anyone has some idea's of pricing?
Feb 15, 2013 1:15 PM
1obviously im not aware of every single website in bolivia but my answer would be that Im quite sure that such a site doesnt exist in Bolivia , if anything remotely like it exists then the prices will be completely unreliable.
Car parts and anything imported is in general more expensive in Bolivia anyway as we have high import taxes so im unsure you will find what you require for any cheaper in Bolivia unfortunately.
Feb 15, 2013 2:03 PM
Feb 16, 2013 7:39 AM
3there are actually plenty of Mitsubishi Pajeros in South America , ive seen lots in Bolivia. Many cars in south america have been imported as second hand cars so every type of edition / model is possible really.
Feb 16, 2013 8:29 AM
4You can't import used cars into Chile so we are not as used to seeing Pajeros.
Feb 16, 2013 9:00 AM
5interesting , didnt know you couldnt import used cars into chile. Cars are pretty cheap over there compared to Bolivia anyway though so prob even less of a need. I was in Arica last weekend and was just amazed at how cheap cars are for sale. We cant import anything older that 5 years old now into Bolivia (for private cars - a bit different for commercial vehicles) since a couple of years back .
Feb 16, 2013 9:21 AM
6Femby: The pajero sticker on the back is accompanied by a "wanker" sticker and i must say.. its still a better name than "Montero" (:. I already found out that for some reason internet is not really invented yet in Bolivia. Its really hard to find any websites from (hardly) any stores. I still try to figure out what a set of tires would go for in Bolivia but i kindda think i will never find out (:
Feb 16, 2013 10:47 AM
7There is probably an informal market for parts and tires and that is why you aren't seeing websites. There will certainly be parts for your vehicle (diplomatic sidestep on the name) as a lot of SUVs from Chile end up in Bolivia (second diplomatic sidestep on the reason). You need to find out from one of the regulars who lives there where that place is.
Feb 16, 2013 1:16 PM
8You can buy new or used tires easy. A good off road tire goes starts at 1200bs about $170us each. A lot cheaper here then chile or Argentina.
Most of the car part shops area in area called San Pedro or in Al alto. In Al alto there are streets of second hand parts. One thing here when looking for new parts or used parts , bring the old part with you. Here they don't have a clue about looking in a book and getting the code for the part that you want, unless you go to the dealer and buy original parts.
Feb 16, 2013 10:53 PM
That was exactly what i was looking for, emergency maintanance is not really what i fear.. its a diesel, manual.. if they can fix tractors there they can fix this car (:. I will make a pit-stop in san pedro for sure to get a set of new tires, battery and some new shocks. Do you happen to live close by? If you do we can buy you a beer or bring you a Brazilian cachasa (:
Feb 17, 2013 6:25 AM
My office in calle linares #940 first floor. We are not far from san pedro. Stop by and i can show you where the best places are and also i have a good mechanic. He has a good work shop. He has many travels coming through. He can have his mechanics fix the car or you can do it your self and you just pay for the use of his work shop. Plus they know where to get parts.
Feb 17, 2013 6:55 AM
Feb 18, 2013 9:53 AM
12#11: These are called "Transformers" - the passenger can see the gauges/speedometer/warning lights/etc., the driver cannot (!), a mockery of the concept of road safety - Oh well...
OP: We bought tyres in Sucre (the old road from Samaipata to Sucre was too much for the 50/50 HT/ATs we had. They had to be hauled in from La Paz, which was inconvenient. It is worth making sure that you buy ATs for your trip.
By comparison we have also bought tyres in Brazil (Olinda) - the difference is staggering. We paid BRL1238 in Bolivia for 4 tyres and paid BRL3680 for 4 tyres in Olinda. At home in Colombia they cost around BRL1460.
What route will you be taking to arrive in Bolivia? If you are arriving in Santa Cruz (i.e. if you are taking the road from Corumbá, which may by now be surfaced all the way, then your first opportunity for car stuff will be Santa Cruz, where there are lots of places to buy what you need.
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