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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    Thanks @gilmorneau all great information @Mr Cimarron I had planned on flying down to handle purchase and paperwork, storing the vehicle somewhere (mechanic, attorneys office, storage unit??), and flying back down to pick up titlework from attorney once it came in weeks later, then starting my...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @destructomatt Thanks for the advice! I have done two surf trips through Costa Rica, and have a few contacts in Tamarindo one of which is a camp that owns and operates two 45's a pickup and a troopy. I got to drive them around town and fell in love. I have not reached out to them for any...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    Newer cars are very expensive in Central America I believe it is because the taxes they pay to import them is so high. Old cars not so much, tho many are beat. Only other country I have considered is Panama, One advantage is the title paperwork can be handled in one day without the need for a...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @e9999 For the 6 months or so I have been watching that condition is not uncommon, but typically asking a lot more. A few expats clearly in business, but if price is right im not sure I can complain. It goes without saying that these listings are purely speculation and that without feet on...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    more like 3800, thanks for joining
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    If anyone is curious about what I'm going for here is a best case scenario price and condition: Encuentra24 Cruiser For that condition I would pay that price, although I am looking for under $8k. I cant wait to fly 3000 miles to haggle in broken spanish!
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @gilmorneau Thank you for the great information, this will help me and many others in the future. Sounds like I can handle it with the right planning. Can you clarify the Entry bond at 3x the value of the vehicle? I tried a quick google search but it mainly covers commercial applications...
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    Driving Back from CA with a New Truck

    I have a current thread posting these same questions and have already learned a lot of great information that has kept a (very dim) light at the end of the tunnel for me. *Anybody please correct me if I am wrong* but from my research Nicaragua requires you to be a citizen to legally purchase a...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @e9999 I suppose I could live on searchtempest for a few months and try to find something in my budget around here, but that's not much of a story I can tell my grandkids! Does anyone here have any experience importing a 25+y/o vehicle at a border crossing? (specifically as opposed to...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @e9999 yes, I am in this for the adventure. And as far as saving money? I suppose a month long chug from Costa Rica to South Carolina, with flights, gas, food and living, and the obvious setbacks I will encounter, might not save me much over the typical container delivery. Unicorn? I can almost...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @gilmorneau lol duly noted! Yes I understand I am leaving out plenty of specifics, Most of those questions have been answered on travel forums, but connecting the travel questions with the importing questions is where so need to bridge the gap. I would fully register the car in Costa Rica...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @gilmorneau That is great information. I have driven plenty of vehicles home without plates after purchasing them, some across state lines without issue (or insurance now that I think about it, oops) As far as tax goes that will be very interesting because most 45's are set up for farm use (I...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    With Costa Rican plates can the car still be driven in the states once imported? Or does the car need to be registered in the US after being imported? Surprisingly after every import article I have read this question has yet to be clearly answered. Plans will certainly change if i need to...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    @SNLC How many Km's did you average a day? I was planning on hoping to average 350 or so, allowing plenty of time handling borders.
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    It is funny you meniton the chicken tax. Many 45's I have come across have been set up as flatbeds or a make shift dump bed. It certainly makes that truck look more industrial. It there any rhyme or reason to how they decide the tax? Is it based on model/style or is it subjective to whoever...
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    TonyP is right, born and raised in Kentucky I have seen worse situations right around the corner! I look forward to the adventure, and keeping a big smile and an open mine can take you almost anywhere. I need help with the specifics, I am well aware it is a crazy idea
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    Flying to Central America. Driving back to USA.

    I am new to the forum so please go easy on me! I am interested in buying an FJ45 in Central America and making the long drive home to Charleston, South Carolina. There are plenty of threads regarding importing via container/RORO, plenty of travel threads regarding driving the PanAm Highway...
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