Nice website and a great article, could be just the thing for me.
planning a to ship my bike out for a year-long trip through SA with my gf next year but ongoing health problems have pretty much ruled out biking.
The alternative is to fly ourselves over and buy 4 wheels locally so your link has already proved useful!
I'd been thinking of buying in Peru as we have relatives there but Chile may be easier, no? We're on a tiny budget so I had been considering a 2wd van to keep costs down but I noticed some older, smaller 4wd's for the same sort of money. I'm not looking for mega off-road capability, from experience I know you can get to some wild places in a regular van, I just wonder if a 4wd might be generally more robust and survive the trip better? Thing is, will you be taken for a rich gringo in a 4wd, even an old and battered one, more so than if you roll up in a old panel van?
Also, any idea what costs are involved post-purchase? registration, permit, insurance etc? Sorry to be a bit non-specific, I'm just trying to get a general idea to help with the planning.
Thanks and welcome.
Oh, and buena suerte with the move..!
Beware the dark, mechanical bird.