I recommend using Kattia and Russ (fijatevos.com) to help you buy a car in Costa Rica. They are knowledgeable, accountable, and trustworthy. Kattia made finding the car I wanted easy. When I had problems with my bank and with repairs promised to me by the seller, Kattia saw me through the ordeal. My Spanish is still improving, but without Kattia’s help in translating I would not have been comfortable with my purchase nor would I have struck such a good deal with the car seller.
A piece of advise to car buyers: make sure you know exactly how you’re going to pay for your car (debit, cash, wire transfer, etc) before you go look for a car. If I had done this myself, I could have avoided extra days in San Jose.
Playa Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica