If you are moving to Costa Rica and you already own a car, the smart choice would be to transfer your car to your new place of living. It will be much easier to get around with a car once you are there since the public transportation infrastructure is not that great and you can not truly rely on it for getting you to where you need to be on time. Road infrastructure is pretty decent, all the towns are interconnected and have paved roads, but you could face some dirt roads of poor quality in rural areas. In any case, having your own car is the best way to get around. If you want to transfer your car to Costa Rica here are a few things you should pay attention to:
Hiring a Professional to Ship Your Vehicle:
This is the first and most important step to get your car to Costa Rica. You need to hire a reliable professional (an individual or company) to transport your car. At first look, there will be many options, but you need to do some in-depth research and choose the right option for you. When choosing your service provider, you should follow these steps:
Getting the Vehicle Ready to Go
Prior your car actually gets shipped to Costa Rica you need to make sure to pay all the custom and tariff fees. Take note that this cost can vary 50-70% of the value of the car. The fees vary depending on the car model, emission class, engine power, year of the car was etc. The best case scenario is 50% of the car value but always wise to prepare for the worst option and be ready to cover 70%. When it comes to the actual paperwork your chosen company will be able to support you there, but the cost is entirely on you.
After all the fees are paid there is just the matter of a technical evaluation which consists of:
There you have it. If you follow the steps above, you will be able to transfer your car to Costa Rica safely and legally. As mentioned in the opening having a car is by far the best way to get around in Costa Rica.