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  1. I forgot about all the car lots along the Autopista selling Korean vans. . . My big concern purchasing a car from the USA - flood cars. Insurance write-offs tend to make their way down to Latin America. However, bringing your own car down is quite different. I did that - drove my Hyundai from Vancouver to San Jose. Would not advice anyone to do that though. Once in Heredia I got behind a Hyundai Santa Fe purchased from the same dealership I bought my car from in Calgary Alberta. Such a small world. . .
  2. I have not heard of anyone that brings cars in from Japan? Why? Although I realize right hand drive cars are prohibited in Costa Rica, there are many European left hand drive cars in Japan. The used car market is huge there, and many of these cars are brought to Canada (15 years or older) and the USA (25 years or older). The benefit of these cars - low mileage, and rust free. Some of the undercarriages of 15 year old cars look new. I don't think Costa Rica has an age limit, in fact, they seem to want only newer cars imported based on their import tax rates. I will probably buy a used Mercedes E320 wagon from Japan as my car to have in Canada on my next trip up there. Velocity Cars in Burnaby BC has many Japanese cars, but is a retailer. You can bring your own car in for less money. From my research, one of the more honest importers is Brave Auto International. They import/ship worldwide. And no, I have no connection to this company. I'm just aware of them because of my interest of bringing a car into Canada. Because I would have to finance, bringing a car from Japan to Costa Rica is not possible for me. But for others. . .
  3. A couple of years ago, Costa Rica switched to a licence plate using an AAA NNN format, excluding vowels, but allowing Y. The previous version, using all numbers was now into the 900,000ths, and they did not want to go to a 7 digit plate were it to reach 1000000. At the time of the switch, for an additional fee, one could obtain a 'personalized plate', but, I didn't have my car at that time, or I would have chosen ZZZ 999, the highest possible plate number. Although I've never seen it on a vehicle, I suspect it was used by the time I needed a licence plate. Because I didn't want a plate that would restrict me from San Jose on a Monday, or Friday, I did choose a 3 as the last digit, restricting me on Tuesday, the day lest likely for me to need to be in San Jose. I also went with CDN (Canadian), although only one person so far, a Russian, got the reference. As a little fun thing to do while driving, or even, sitting in a park, I've been trying to see if I can find the lowest number plate of a car still on the road. I've seen old Toyotas in the 400's, but on Sunday, I came across what I believe is the lowest plate number in the country. I was on the AutoPista, turning to Ruta 3 to Heredia, when a split window Volkswagen Beetle, in black and red went down the freeway. And the licence plate number was 3. The split window Beetle was produced up until mid 1953. I can't explain it, but that made me thrilled. I just know (?) that there isn't a 0, 1, or 2 out there anymore.
  4. So, many people are getting rather complacent about going into San Jose on the day their plate prohibits them from doing so. Enforcement has been almost non-existent for quite a few months, until last week. There was a line of over 10 cars on Segunda Avendia, with every available Transito officer writing tickets. They couldn't get everyone, they were so busy. I tend to obey traffic laws, although at times I 'do it the Tico way'. Other times, I've just forgotten it's Tuesday, until I'm in the middle of San Jose. Also, never park in the yellow zones - you may get away with it for a long time, but, as another current thread indicates, eventually, your number comes up (and removed from your car).
  5. The plate stays with the car forever. . .
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