Buying a car in less than a week

The WheelsCR team made it possible

2011 Honda CRV and Crew

American citizens with two kids in tow decided to relocate to Tamarindo, Costa Rica. Our biggest headache was how to buy a car as foreigners/ tourists. Even in the US, the car buying process can take weeks, and the process is daunting, especially if you are not an expert in cars.

On one of the Facebook groups, we found Russ and his team. Hallelujah, they were a blessing from the start. We were still in the US when we started our communication to narrow down what type of car we wanted, the budget, insurance, etc.

The next day, on a Monday, we met with Chris after arriving in San Jose, and he drove us around to different dealerships so we could pick a car. His advice was valuable, and he helped us through the whole process. By the end of the day, we found the car we wanted, negotiated with the seller, and paid the deposit.

By Thursday, our wire payment had arrived. On Friday, Chris arranged for us to pick up the car, and helped us through the final processes (insurance, lawyer… yes, you need one!!!). It took us only 5 days to buy a car in a country we don’t know.

This process would not have been possible without Russ and Chris and the team… thank you!!!

Published by Russ Martin

Helping expats locate reliable used vehicles since 2006. I have lived in Costa Rica since 1994.

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