Dear Patric and belinda,
Sent you a private e-mail too.
Hello Patric and Belinda, we are Ed and Elisa and live in Buenos Aires. Thanks for the e-mail question. First let me say we look forward to visiiting Queensland someday. We are ex pats USA and Spain. I have very good friends, Monty and Bari Olsen who own a caravan Park on Olsen Avenue, Kin Kora, Gladstone, Oueensland 4680 Tel (07) 4978 5461. they recently stayed at my ranch in Flagstaff, Arizona while touring the States in a motorhome. They are back in Australia now. Maybe you can ring them up and say hi from Ed George and Elisa Rosales. I have my ranch rented to another friend.
From what I understand you want to buy a second hand bike. We bought an NX 400 Falcon Honda and an XR 250 Tornado Honda new very inexpensivly here in Buenos Aires and toured five South American countries. (see Honda Buenos aires web sites for descriptions) We liked Buenos Aires so much we decided to move here. The following is what you do to buy a motorcycle in Argentina. Based on our won successful experience. Paperwork for used bikes can bbe a big big problem here, better to buy a used bike from a certified dealer, not an indivual and let the dealer handle the registration etc. The police will definately confiscate a bike if they even suspect the papers are not in perfect order.
We are renting out our flat while we travel for December and into January. It is in Recoleta, we bought a parking space in the parking building next to aour apartment. we can park motorcycles. Please read the following which I posted on the Hubb several months ago, and if you have any questions, please write back. Hope you get to meet Monty and Barbi, great people. We go way back together. Ed xfiltrate.
Buying a NEW bike in Buenos Aires, touring Argentina, and then selling the bike in Buenos Aires is time consuming, but easy, if you do the following.
1. Rent a place to live for a couple of weeks or more and as soon as possible after you move in, go to the district police station for your street address and politely request a "Domicilio." You will be directed by the guard at the entrance to the right person. Be sure to bring your passport and the exact address of the place you just rented, and ten pesos (about $3.33 US). Some police stations ask for more, but the receipt stamp that will be glued to the "Domicilio" is for ten pesos. You probably know already to carry a little extra cash just in case.
2. You will be told a police officer will visit you at home in the next day or two excluding holidays, protests, revolutions or crime waves. This could take upwards of a week. You must be at home when the officer visits to verify that you really live where you say you do. Sometimes a very attractive policette is sent on these types of missions. I am still dreaming about her to this day. Anyway it is a little incentive for having to hang at home, at least 8 to 6PM or so. If you are at home, you will be pleasantly surprized to be handed your "Domicilio".
3. Take your passport and your Domicilio to the AFIP pronounced "afeep" office near downtown more or less - the Dealer where you are buying your New bike will be happy to direct you to the AFIP office, once you have your domicilio.
3. Be prepared for a wait of half a day, at least, unless you are lucky. At the entrance explain you need a CLAVE DE IDENTIFICACION, which is a tax ID number, and will enable you to buy a new -0 kilometers- motorcycle. I forget what the fee is for this, but as I recall it is not very expensive.
4. You will need these documents so your dealer can sell you a motorcycle new. He/she will take care of registering your motorcycle, getting plates and directing you to a reputable insurance agent for purchase of basic liability coverage as required by law. Forget about any coverage protecting your new bike from theft, as it costs almost as much as the bike. Good news, unlike the United States as long as you own your bike you do not have to renew the plates every year. Plates are renewed by the new owner if you sell your bike.
5. I live in Buenos Aires and purchased my NX400 Honda Falcon here, and would be pleased to direct you to reputable motorcycle dealers and to assist you through the process of buying a new bike. I also suggest selling the bike back to the dealer you bought it from, especially if it is still under warrenty
Buying a used bike in Buenos Aires is possible, but very, very risky in many, many ways. Please contact me if I can help. xfiltrate---------------------------------------->