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Selling a foreign bike in South America

Everybody tells me, that Paraguay is the place to sell a foreign bike in South America. Appartently eople sold bikes in Bolivia too. Can anybody tell me about the situation in Ecuador, Colombia or Peru?

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hola,

Colombia is difficult to sell a bike to a local, paperwork is the problem.

only if you find a buyer that does not care about papers ...

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I second that. My journey came to an end in Colombia in June and I had to ship it back home. Not impossible just very difficult.

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Almost impossible to sell in Peru without getting hammered for taxes. I gave up.

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hello,

maybe you can sell it to an advised tourist and do the paperwork together "free style" : i ve heard stories like that.

otherwise, when you sell something in a foreign countries, you re supposed to pay the taxes etc ...

in the lonely planet, they say the best place to buy : chile / to sell : paraguay.

argentina : as a tourist, you can t leave the country with a bike you bought there, within a year.

bob or smelly biker sent me this also :
"Hi,
Just saw your post on HUBB.
I've been in Peru for the last year & have been over all the borders you
>>mentioned. No hassles, fairly straightforward. The crossing between
>>Chile & Peru at Arica takes a long time 'cos theres lots of paperwork
>>(and the two countries dont like each other) and takes around 3 hours,
>>all the others are about 30 minutes.
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>>No carnet required for the bike, just passport, driving licence & bike
>>papers. Insurance for Peru is called SOAT & can be bought at a large
>>Grifo gas station for around US $40.
Hope that helps.
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Hi,
Taking a rented bike over a border would be difficult as the first thing
that customs want to see are the ownership papers.

Buying a vehicle can take some time. I recently bought a pickup truck in
Peru and it took almost a month before the vehicle registry produced
papers for it....its South America, nobody is in a hurry here.

Selling a bike is best done in the same country as you bought it to
avoid problems with customs, and it would be hard to find a buyer for a
bike thats registered in a different country.
Hope that helps,
Bob"

NB : i arrive in santiago on 1st feb. and need to buy a small bike, 125cc or 250 cc, according to my small budget. then i go to bolivia and peru and try to sell it in peru (end of feb.).

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I'm hoping to buy a bike in Santiago, and then sell it again in Peru - Hows this looking, what are the tax rates to do this? Any info much appriciated.

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The taxes in Peru to import the bike are 40% of whatever aduana think its worth...which varies.

Its even harder to import a vehicle thats more than 5 years old. I gave up.



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Bob, so what did you do then with your bike?? Maybe I have to make a decision too.... :-)

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Still got it here in Peru.

I took it to Chile on the truck for the day to renew the temporary import.


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hmmm think the new plan then is to buy in santiago and ride a loop through bolivia, peru, argentina and back down again in order to sell it in Santiago... should be simpler ay?. Wa hey - getting exciting now...
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Another rumor here at Villa Kunterbunt in Valparaiso says, that a German sold his bike in Bolivia: can anybody confirm this?

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I am currently trying to sell my bike in Paraguay. Has anyone else done this recently? What is your advice?

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I just sold my bike (honda 125) in Peru. I had bought it in Argentina. There is no problem, you just have to get a different paper than the transitpaper you would normally get at the border. But since my buyer and I didn´t want the hassle of going to Lima (you can get that paper here as well) I just lowered my price by a 100 Dollar. He would take care of the paperwork (there is proably a less legal way :-)).
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