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#252714 - 04 September 17 5:49 am - America/Chicago Buying a vehicle in Belize
david1942 Offline
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Registered: 15 May 17
Posts: 21
Loc: Key West, Florida
Does anyone have an opinion of the wisdom of buying a vehicle in Belize (specifically a used 4-wheel pickup) when I come to build my home?

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#252716 - 04 September 17 1:26 pm - America/Chicago Re: Buying a vehicle in Belize [Re: david1942]
Dave Bunk Offline

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Registered: 02 September 05
Posts: 5175
Loc: Punta Gorda Belize
Just expect to pay twice as much as would in the States

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#252718 - 04 September 17 3:41 pm - America/Chicago Re: Buying a vehicle in Belize [Re: david1942]
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Registered: 16 April 00
Posts: 256
Loc: Alberta/Cayo
Find a good mechanic to look over your vehicle if you buy privately.
Every so often there are really good deals (trade ins with low kms and serviced at dealership)at Bravo Motors (Isuzu/Nissan).

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#252719 - 04 September 17 7:17 pm - America/Chicago Re: Buying a vehicle in Belize [Re: david1942]
Reilly Offline

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Registered: 08 April 04
Posts: 240
Loc: Carolinas, USA, Cayo
Dave, are you comparing retail price in both BZ and US?

Isn't the out-of-pocket cost about the same if one compares the CIF (cargo, insurance and freight) cost of a US imported vehicle with the retail total of buying a vehicle in Belize? (Does sales tax have to be paid on the depreciated value each time title changes?)

My estimate of duty, sales tax and "environment fee" is about 75% of my CIF US cost of $7,400. i.e. Won't my imported cost be about $7,400 plus $5,700? How much can I sell it for in BZ? (It's a 2007 Toyota Rav4).
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#252722 - 04 September 17 8:18 pm - America/Chicago Re: Buying a vehicle in Belize [Re: david1942]
britinbelize Offline

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Registered: 01 June 14
Posts: 278
Loc: Bay area CA + Belmopan
Just expect lots of seemingly great value vehicles arriving from Texas in the next few months, Belize got a lot of vehicles after Katrina, just make sure you have any "Bargains" thouroughly checked out for Rusted chassis.
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#252723 - 05 September 17 4:02 am - America/Chicago Re: Buying a vehicle in Belize [Re: david1942]
Dave Bunk Offline

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Registered: 02 September 05
Posts: 5175
Loc: Punta Gorda Belize
I am speaking of older vehicles mostly. We bought a 20 year old Ford 4 cyl pickup manual. About 800 to !000 in the US we paid close to 4K bze for same truck. Vehicles hold very high prices

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#252731 - 07 September 17 10:20 pm - America/Chicago Re: Buying a vehicle in Belize [Re: david1942]
Bonzerman Offline


Registered: 18 January 11
Posts: 132
I have found that if you want to buy a vehicle, you just have to wait until an expat has a "leaving for home sale". You can pick up a relatively low mileage newer vehicle for less than what it would cost for you to buy and import it from the U.S.

These are not the lower priced cars but the limited amount of purchasers keep the price in check.

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#252732 - 08 September 17 5:16 am - America/Chicago Re: Buying a vehicle in Belize [Re: david1942]
Dave Bunk Offline

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Registered: 02 September 05
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Loc: Punta Gorda Belize
Sad but very true

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