So where do you start? There are ads in the Spanish newspapers like La Nación. There are also ads in English publications like the Tico Times and in the on-line newspaper, Am Costa Rica. In addition, Www.ticocarros.com is a website that has many used vehicles.
Retirees can also visit one of Costa Rica’s used car lots. Probably the best place to look for a used car is the town of Grecia. It is a charming place located about an hour west of San José. Grecia is famous for its metalic church and being known as the cleanest city in Costa Rica. So what does this have to do with finding a used car? When you drive from the main highway into Grecia you will quickly notice that there are between 50 and 65 used car lots along both side of the road with hundreds of vehicles from which to choose.
Once you have found a vehicle you have the right to take it to a mechanic and get it checked out. NEVER buy a used car without doing this. Before I forget, some of the used car dealerships will finance a vehicle if you are short on cash. However, it is always better to pay cash to avoid high interest payments.
Don’t forget to have your lawyer check any document you have to sign when purchasing a vehicle and always ask about a guarantee.