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Can I sell my bike in a different country than where I bought it?

Hi Folks,
about to depart on 5 month trip around South America.
Thanks to the wealth of information on the HUBB, I'm heading to Chile (Santiago) first as seems like the best place to buy a bike. From what I have read, the only legal way to on-sell the bike is in the country where it was registered. Ideally I'd prefer to sell it in Colombia (or north of continent) to avoid the extra miles returning to Chile.
Apart from recovering some cash from selling the bike, I have read there are 2 issues with paperwork:
1) selling bike in Columbia (or other country than Chile) illegally would mean I still have the import stamp in my passport, so may have problems leaving that country without the bike
2) the Chilean customs still have the record of my vehicle exit, so if/when I return to Chile on a future trip, I risk problems at customs.

Does anyone know how to solve these issues, or is the only way to buy and resell the bike in the same country?

Thanks for your help!
Craig
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You'll hve to

1) export it from the country where you bought it ... some places $0

2) import it to the country where you want to sell it ..

Ba=est to talk to the customs people in both countries,

think about the costs e.g. x$ and y time to get back to where I bought the bike and sell it on, possible to sell the bike in country z while not inuring costumes fees here not exceeding (x$ + y * 40$)/3? (my figures - you think about your own)
and for importing you need to go to the countries embassy and ask a similar question about importing .. cost not exceeding say 2*(x$ + y * 40$)/3?
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I know that when traveling into Mexico, we pay a small fee ($400) to guarantee that we'll leave the country with the bike.

Unsure if that fee is all that's forfeited if the bike is sold.
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