Hi everyone, I am new around here.

this week a friend of mine told me that US citizens can import Used cars to Colombia for personal use and can get a permit to drive in colombia for up to a year. Does anyone know if this information is correct?

Thanks,

Diego

Posted on September 18, 2009


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If the used cars are 25 years old yes. Less old than classic no

Posted on September 18, 2009


A car can go into Colombia if you enter as a tourist. But that car will also leave with you. Just to get the car to Colombia will cost a fortune because you will have to ship it via cargo ship. Imagine the time, money, and headache. It is impossible to just drive into Colombia from the US. You can get as close as Panama, and then the car will have to be put on a ship to get it to Colombia. But again, you can't permanently import a used vehicle into Colombia, except for what is considered antique like BT was saying above.
You will not need a permit to drive in Colombia. Your US driver's license is fine.

Posted on September 18, 2009


You get a 30 day permit which you can renew up to 6 months.Only 6 months

Posted on September 18, 2009


O/P.................Yes it is possible...................check out the many , many posts here about temp permits, using the search function. Also, it doesn't cost a fortune, and is a fairly simple procedure.





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Posted on September 18, 2009


Many posts written on this in the past. Not too easy importing used car into Colombia - you end up putting yourself pretty much at the mercy of the authorities with regards to taxes, values, and delays.

Posted on September 18, 2009


Medefock.................he's talking about a temp permit. There are no taxes. As for delays..?? It's a very simple process.

Posted on September 18, 2009


RAAAY, I guess your definition and my definition of what a "fortune" is are quite different. Putting the car on a container ship out of Miami would cost several thousand dollars. For me, that's a fortune just to be able to drive for a vacation. Oh ya, and then you gotta ship the thing back. More big money.

Posted on September 18, 2009


robbie..............several thousand.???.............not even close. A container out of Miami is not the way to do it. Many options are available.


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Posted on September 18, 2009


Bill Turley's answer to the OP is correct.

Posted on September 18, 2009


Bill Turley's answer to the o/p is NOT correct.


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Posted on September 18, 2009


OP "...this week a friend of mine told me that US citizens can import Used cars to Colombia for personal use."

Did I misread something ? I did not see the word "temporary" used. I thought the statement "...a permit to drive in colombia for up to a year." Indicated to me there is more involved then use as a tourist since he can only stay for no more that 180 days. He also used the terminology "used cars" which sounded like more than one vehicle is involved. Also I don't think he can be issued a "permit" (Colombian drivers license with out a visa and a cédula. To import a used vehicle for permanent personal use it must be certified as a antique one criteria is 25-years old.

Posted on September 18, 2009


this thread is kinda funny.....like going and talking to car salesmen in the states. no two dealers/salesmen agree, in how to do what you want to do; how to go about it; and how much it's gonna cost
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Posted on September 18, 2009


He said " up to one year " That is temporary.

He didn't use the word tourist.........you do not need to be on a tourist visa to do this.

He used the trrminology " citizenS ".hence, also the plural for the word car.

,....to answer his question............US citizens can bring in used cars for up to one year, for personal use.


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Posted on September 18, 2009


AS medefockinllin posted on Feb 11, 2009;

As someone who has investigated this thoroughly in the past, I would like to provide you all with some clarification.

1) No used cars can be imported unless the car can be classified as a Classic and pre 1973 (as at 2008 - could be 1974 now that we are in 2009)
2) A list of approved Classic cars is maintained by the Minsitry of Transport and is compiled in conjunction with the Federacion Colombiana de Clubes de Autos Antiguos y Clasicos
3) I have asked for a copy of the list, but they will not provide one. They can just confirm as to whether your desired import is on the list or not.
4) If your desired import is not on the list, you can lobby for inclusion - GOOD LUCK!!!!
5) If you manage to get approval, import tax on classic cars is only 5%

My advice, don't even try to import an exotic modern car for the following reasons:
1) They will not allow you to
2) If they say that you might be able to, the chances are your car will be stuck at the port and not allowed to enter

Best wishes
MDF

My suggestion is to go here and look iot overer: STRONGLY suggest you vist DIAN"s site (Dirección de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales) at http://www.dian.gov.co and check on all the requirements before you go too far. Insurance, a bond to make sure the vehicle leaves Colombia, shipping, etc. make this less that hassle free. If you can live with it go for it.

Posted on September 18, 2009


Does any one know what the duty and tax rate is, I have heard 34% and 50% on a new car.

Posted on September 18, 2009


http://www.dian.gov.co will be from the horse's mouth

Posted on September 18, 2009


Gator, you can import temporarily a vehicle. Incidentally, today I just had my permit extended up to Dec 30th, when my visa expires.

Here the art 160 del decreto 2685 de 1999 de la DIAN:

ARTICULO 160. PLAZO PARA LA IMPORTACI?N TEMPORAL DE VEHÍCULOS DE TURISTAS.
El plazo máximo de importación temporal para los medios de transporte de uso privado, será de seis (6) meses, prorrogables por la autoridad aduanera hasta por otro plazo igual, condicionado al tiempo de permanencia en el territorio aduanero nacional otorgado en la visa al turista.
condicionado por el tiempo que se requiera para la reparación del medio de transporte o para que pueda salir del país en condiciones mínimas de seguridad.
En caso de destrucción o pérdida del vehículo, esta deberá acreditarse ante la autoridad aduanera.

P.S.: A Bond is not required in Colombia

Yes you will need SOAT (3rd party insurance) to drive in Colombia, but it is not a requirement for the permit.

Posted on September 18, 2009


also it is a simple, straightforward process at the point of entry, land, port or aiport. and it is free. It takes about an hour, sometimes less.
Then to extend the permit once you are in the country, takes about 3 days. and is also free.

Posted on September 18, 2009


Their is an antique automobile club in Medellin. I cannot assist in contact information as my brother in law who was in touch with them has deceased. However, if someone was interested I would try and locate them. I am sure they both know the cars allowed and and tricks of the trade for the process.

ts

Posted on September 18, 2009


C5vzla - I stand humbled before your wisdom.

Posted on September 18, 2009


gator, is this irony??
if not, no wisdom, only research, it is just that I did the process at 3 entry points, Turbo, Maicao and Bogota and an extension in Medellin.

Posted on September 18, 2009


If your desired import is not on the list, you can lobby for inclusion - GOOD LUCK!!!!
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Then there is a chance I can take my 1972 Vega with 328,000 miles on it. Where can I get an application??? I just couldn??t bare to leave this classic here. jajajaja I am sure they would approve a classy sports car like this.

Posted on September 18, 2009


C5vzla, I meant it as a complement so I will take back that post since it offended you.

Posted on September 18, 2009


So what would be the idea situation for having a vehicle there? I have a decent luxery suv now, a 2000 model, so there is no chance I can get it there being that it is not new nor and antique. I wouldn't mind having a 1987 monte carlo SS that I can pick up in the states for about 5 grand and rock that in colombia, it will be 25 yrs old in 2010, just a few months away. Any thoughts on how that might work?

Or is the better situation to just get a car there? it seems they are expensive and all the used ones are beat to crap. I figure having a jeep or a compact truck might be a good option with all the crappy roads there.

Posted on September 18, 2009


After looking at the prices of vehicles there and seeing how ugly most are, I think I'd rather import a new or classic.

Posted on September 18, 2009


not offended at all. don't worry! the wording took me off base that's all...
cheers

Posted on September 18, 2009


On a different note could I get my 1960 Lambretta Scooter & Sidecar legalised then I know it's not a car but it is a classic plus Lambrettas were the first bike to be built (under licence) in Colombia this one is pure Italian with English papers?.

Posted on September 18, 2009


I have a 1972 VW Bus, and I am thinking about shipping it by boat from MIA-BAQ. any shipper's info?

Posted on September 18, 2009