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  1. Encuentra 24 Is filled with dealer ads, many of which post low-ball prices. Many of the dealer cars are US imports that have been damaged or have salvage titles. My free advice, for what it's worth, is to by a car that was originally sold new in CR, and have a good, trusted mechanic look it over thoroughly. A car sold new here will have a complete record and guaranteed dealer support, especially if it is a Toyota. Parts should always be available locally. Ironically, many Costa Ricans think it is better to buy a US car because the roads are better. I think that many don't know about road salt. In any case, take your time, know what you want/need, and have a good mechanic check it out. I also recommend using your own notario for the transfer, since they are responsible for verifying the car's data, legal status, fines, liens, etc. The seller's notario may not be working in your interest. This is probably not necessary, but I grew up in the North East and I never trust a car salesperson.
  2. There is no sales tax on cars. You do have to pay a transfer fee when the ownership is changed in the registro nacional -- the amount is a fixed percentage based on the Hacienda value of the vehicle, not the sales price. You also have to pay the notario. You can determine whether or not a car was imported quite easily from the license plate number -- if the number is high and the vehicle is old, it is imported -- or from the Registro nacional's website. You can also pull up information on the owner and see when they bought the vehicle. On the Cosevi website you can lookup the accident and infraction history of the car in Costa Rica.
  3. I haven't given up, Eleanor, I've just been really busy lately. I'm more than happy to discuss/share about the issues of the day here. Let's give it a go in another thread or two. I think what Carlos et al have been trying to do is really interesting, and important. Oh and I could give a rat's culo where to eat in Chepe, but that's just me.
  4. It's not lack of interest, just lack of time and energy at the moment. And yes, this forum probably needs to evolve a bit, but I think there may be a more fundamental problem. It seems to me that there are many N Americans that really don't want to know anything about Costa Rica other than how to get by. These folks mostly just want to talk to other folks like themselves. These conversations often turn into semi paranoid complaint fests that are beyond tedious, and generally end up violating the rules of the forums. The other large group are the generally well asimilated who speak Spanish, have Tico friends, and who don't care much any more about other gringos per se and their self inflicted problems. And then we have the newbies who come here for information, and some for "like minds", who can jump into either group, or give up and go back. The first group is tedious, at best. The second are all busy living their lives. So, only the newbies are generating any new posts, and these are often repetitive. The way forward is to get group 2 more active, but I'm not sure how you do that.
  5. Congrats. La Migra in the States can be a real pain. I have never known anyone who has had a good experience, even when the outcome was good. Your patience has been rewarded. So now you all are a TicoGringo and a GringaTica.
  6. Currently most of the electric companies in Costa Rica have three tiers of pricing. One up to 50kwhrs, another from 50-250kwhrs, and another above 250kwhrs. The more you use, the higher the rate. There is some variation on this scheme, and some areas have smart meters that allow for different prices at different times of the day. In many parts of the country heat and AC are unnecessary. In my smallish house, we have no AC, no heat, and no hot water other than electric showers. We have a newish, efficient fridge and washer, and we have and use an electric dryer. We use about 180kwhrs a month and pay about 13 mil or so. If you use AC, which you probably will at the beach, you will go way over 250kwhrs and will have a large electric bill. Above 250kwhrs, the rate is around 170 colones per kwhr, or nearly ¢30. This is certainly more than double what you pay in the States. This is why electric bills at the beach are high.
  7. Maybe James should buy one of Newman's tuk-tuks and keep it as a backup?
  8. And lawsuits here are decided by judges who determine damages based on technical information and not on emotion. Juries are much more likely to assign very high damages.
  9. Yes, it is. I'm just saying that some people seem to be implying that having a car in an SA protects the driver from liability. It doesn't. Insurance is relatively cheap. I believe we pay a bit over 10 mil a month for 400 million in third party injury protection and 60 million in third party property damage. That is a lot of coverage here. I don't carry coverage for theft/collision. Where I live theft is not an issue, and since Costa Rica is a strict fault jurisdiction, I will only have to pay to repair my car if the accident is my fault, or the other driver is uninsured. My car isn't worth much, any?, more than the 6 million coverage that the marchamo provides. So even if the other driver has the minimum coverage I should get my money back. I'm willing to self insure for damage to my car that is my fault.
  10. However, if you as the driver of the vehicle are found liable, your personal assets, including those held by SAs in which you own shares, can be attached to pay damages. Simply because a vehicle is owned by a Persona Jurídica doesn't absolve the driver of said vehicle of all criminal and civil responsibility. If you're drunk and run over a family you're going to jail. If you're on your phone, cross the center line and cause an accident, you will be liable.
  11. induna

    Help for a Tica single mother

    There are many different kinds of Bonos de Vivienda available through many agencies and for many different types of needy populations. It is very unlikely that there is any significant amount of information on these in English. Why would there be? Many of these Bonos are administered through third parties and every town has agencies advertising these services. Maybe a place to start, but be wary. Or just go straight to the Municipalidad and ask a lot of questions. That's more legwork, but maybe a better approach. Or go to your local CenCenai or Pani and ask what they know...
  12. Why not talk to the Municipalidad of Zarcero? They should have all the records from that time.
  13. It was declared unconstitutional only for procedural errors in the way the law was promulgated. The tax itself presented no constitutional problems. Therefore once the procedural errors were corrected by the asemblea, the tax was reinstated. The asemblea took advantage of the fact that they had to revisit the law to make some sensible changes. La Nación and El Financiero are your friends
  14. induna

    Income Property?

    Do you currently, or have you ever, lived here?
  15. Hmm, I think if I were selling a property worth millions of dollars, I'd consider a plane ticket and hotel to meet the prospective buyer, no matter where in the world they lived, a very cheap investment. Of course since I do not, nor shall ever, own such a property it's all academic.
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